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Today's Headlines: UNILAG Students Contract COVID-19, Use Mercenaries To Fight Insurgency, Says Reps

UNILAG Students Contract COVID-19

THERE was fear on Tuesday at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka, as some students of the institution, who reside in hostels on campus were reportedly confirmed infected with COVID-19.

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Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the university (Academics and Research), Professor Oluwole Familoni, confirmed the development to Nigerian Tribune on Tuesday night but said he would not want to comment further as the University Senate would meet today over the matter after which the management would make its findings and position public. 

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The identities of students involved and how they contracted the virus and the hospitals where they were tested positive are yet to be ascertained by Nigerian Tribune as of the time of filing this report around 8.00 p.m. 

Use Mercenaries To Fight Insurgency, Reps Tell FG

The House of Representatives yesterday asked President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently consider the use of private defence contractors for targeted security operations against insurgency and terrorism in the country.

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This was one of the 19 recommendations made by the Special Committee on National Security whose report was submitted to the President on the day.

Following escalation of insecurity in the country, it will be recalled that the House convoked a summit last month to help find lasting solutions to the menace.

The report of the committee laid before the House on July 8, 2021 was considered in the Committee of the Whole yesterday.

Moving the motion for its consideration, the speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, said a large number of Nigerians from different backgrounds and experiences were consulted on the matter to make inputs.

Despite Letter, APC Denies Suspending Okorocha

(APC) has denied suspending former Imo State Governor, Senator Rochas Okorocha, despite a letter from the party to that effect.

APC denied the letter, claiming it was forged, after it leaked Tuesday night before being served on the former governor as the party leadership opted for ways to settle an enduring animosity between Mr Okorocha and Governors Hope Uzodimma of Imo.

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Mr Okorocha was suspended at the state level and he wasn’t allowed to validate his membership. He has been engulfed in a supremacy battle for the leadership of the party with Mr Uzodinma.

The letter, which was signed by the APC National Secretary, Senator John James Akpanudoedehe and the National Chairman, Mai Mala Buni, said Mr Okorocha was suspended for engaging in anti-party activities.

IPOB Will Deal With S/East Leaders Working Against Kanu Says Radio Biafra Host

The recently appointed host of Radio Biafra, Simon Ekpa, has stated that the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) will deal with Southeast leaders working to destroy Nnamdi Kanu.

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In a post on his Facebook page, Ekpa, a dual citizen of both Nigeria and Finland, said the struggle for the actualization of Biafra is currently in a new dimension.

The post reads, “The exposition continues. We will start visiting those that they’ve visited with offers in other to shot their mouth upon the abduction of our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

“The struggle for Biafra is now in a different level and we are in a critical moment of the struggle where all hands must be on deck.

“If Nigeria terrorists’ Government approach you and offer you position In the government in order to keep mute on the abduction of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, and you accept the offer, instead of following Mbaka’s step, you are a dead man walking, the spirit of Biafra and the ghost of 5million Biafrans killed by Fulanis will strike you at right time, it will come as a human being, as a spirit, as a nurture and in every form possible.

“The broadcast start 10pm Biafra time. Don’t miss it.

One Dead, Several Injured In Italy Celebrations

One person died and several were injured in Italy as the country celebrated their victory over England in Sunday’s Euro 2020 final.

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Italy won the championship in London for the first time since 1968, with a 3-2 penalty shootout win after the match finished 1-1 in regular and extra time.

A 22-year-old man died in a car crash in Caltagirone, Sicily, as he was rushing to the town centre to join victory festivities, police said.

In Milan, 15 people were hurt, three seriously, when post-match partying became rowdy. One of them lost three fingers when a firework exploded in his hand.

In a town near the southern city of Foggia, police believe a hitman took advantage of the chaos in the streets to settle a score, shooting dead his target in the crowd before escaping on a motorbike.

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