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Newspaper Headlines This Saturday, July 18, 2020

1. 35 Parties Collapse Structures for Obaseki as APC Alleges Gratification

Thirty-five registered, including the recently de-registered political parties in Edo State yesterday collpased their structures together for the re-election of Governor Godwin Obaseki and his deputy, Mr. Philip Shaibu for another four years.

However, the State Media Campaign Council of the All Progressives Congress for the Edo Governorship election has while dismissing the parties that endorsed Obaseki as fringe parties with no electoral value, also accused them of succumbing to gratification for their support.

The state chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), who doubles as leader of coalition of Political Parties, (CPP), Hon. Collins Dara Oreruan during a press conference in Benin City, said the coalition was fully on ground, and that the re-election of Obaseki was paramount to them as group.

2. COVID-19: WAEC Bows to Nigeria, Shifts Examination

The West African Examination Council (WAEC), has bowed to pressure from Nigeria to shift forward the date of its 2020 Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE), following a meeting with federal government officials in Abuja early this week.

The examination was scheduled to begin on August 4, but the federal government announced that students of unity schools would not participate owing to COVID-19 concerns.

A source at the meeting told THISDAY that the WAEC team eventually agreed with the federal government and settled to shift the date of the examination.

In line with this agreement, the federal government issued a statement yesterday, saying the WAEC is considering shifting the date of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) according to a statement signed by the Director of Information, Federal Ministry of Education, Ben Goong.

However, according to the statement, discussions will continue with four other countries to determine a new date for the examination.

3. Three policemen chasing hoodlums drown in Oyo

The Oyo State Police Command has lost three constables who drowned in a bridge washed away by flood on Balogun Street in Oyo town .

The policemen , attached from Oyo Atiba Police Division , trailed some hoodlums to the area when the thugs started running towards the bridge.

According to an eyewitness , one of the hoodlums reportedly jumped into the water and the policemen jumped after him during which the officers drowned .

The witness , who gave his name as Okunola Abbas said last Sunday , July 12 , some policemen from Oyo Atiba division were passing through Balogun Street in Oyo town and saw some hoodlums smoking weed in the area.

The policemen parked their van and four of them started running after the hoodlums . The hoodlums jumped into the flooded bridge. The policemen chased one of the hoodlums to the bridge and three of them jumped after him. They were not lucky as they were swallowed up by the mud . It was later that a bulldozer was used to bring their corpses out.

The state Police Public Relations Officer , Olugbenga Fadeyi , confirmed the incident , adding that four suspects had been arrested by the police over the incident.

4. NDDC: I was pressured to spend N10b as Christmas ‘palliatives’ — Nunieh

The immediate past Acting Managing Director, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Dr. Joy Nuniel, told on Friday of how pressure was mounted on her to give out Christmas palliatives last year to the tune of N10 billion.

Had she yielded, each of the states under the operations of the commission would have collected a minimum of N1 billion.

Her refusal to play ball, she told the House of Representatives on Niger Delta, was one of the ‘sins’ that cost her the appointment.

For the umpteenth time, Nunieh accused Niger Delta Affairs Minister Godswill Akpabio of upsetting a lot of things at the commission.

5. I only got N500 for killing my boss, says Ibadan serial killer

The suspected brains behind the series of killings perpetrated in Akinyele Area of Oyo State, 19-year-old Sunday Sodipe, has said that the only financial reward he got each time he killed for his herbalist trainer was the paltry sum of N500.

Sodipe, who said he was taken to a herbalist named Adedokun Ajani for apprenticeship, confessed that he never raped nor removed any part of his victim’s body, but that a spiritual gene usually had sexual intercourse with them.

He made the confession after he was paraded alongside two others involved in the crime at the Oyo State Police Command, Eleyele, Ibadan on Friday.

"Before I go out to kill anyone, I go to Baba. He would ask me to kneel down and close my eyes, and he would render some incantations on me."

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