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Today's Headlines: Soldiers Allegedly Kill 5 IPOB Members; Court Remands Nnamdi Kanu In DSS custody

Tension in Arochukwu as soldiers allegedly kill 5 IPOB members

There was tension in Arochukwu, Abia State on Thursday as security operatives battled members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in the area.

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An unconfirmed report has it that four people suspected to be IPOB members feared killed in the imbroglio.

Although the incident that led to the shooting has not been made official, a local source said that immediately the area got news IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu had been brought to court in Abuja to face trial, some members of IPOB took to the streets.

The source said the IPOB members were in a jubilant mood that Kanu is alive, contrary to reports they had been getting about the safety of the separatist leader.

But on arriving at the First Bank axis of the town, the IPOB members were confronted by soldiers.

Unconfirmed reports said that while the soldiers were engaging the IPOB members who were in a procession, trouble ensued and five members of the pro-Biafra group were gunned down.

This was said to have caused pandemonium in Arochukwu, as residents scampered for safety.

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Court remands Nnamdi Kanu in DSS custody

A federal high court in Abuja has rejected the request of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), to be moved to Kuje Correctional Service Centre.

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This is the second time Kanu’s request has been turned down by the court.

In July, the IPOB leader asked to be moved to the prison, alleging that he had been “subjected to mental and psychological torture” by the Department of State Services (DSS).

However, the court refused to grant his request.

At the court session on Thursday, Kanu who was re-arraigned, pleaded not guilty to an amended seven-count charge bordering on treasonable felony and terrorism preferred against him by the federal government.

Ifeanyi Ejiofor, his lead counsel, asked the court to transfer him from the custody of the DSS to Kuje prison.

But Binta Nyako, the judge, refused the application.

The judge held that for security reasons, Kanu should be left in custody of the DSS.

She thereafter adjourned the trial till November 10.

NRC Suspends Abuja-Kaduna Train Services Over Attack

Following the explosion that rocked the railway track of the Abuja to Kaduna corridor, the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) has suspended train services along the route indefinitely.

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The managing director of the NRC, Engr. Fidet Okhiria, who confirmed the attack, said the explosives damaged the rail tracks somewhere between Dutse and Rijana.

According to him, “there was an explosive on our rail track somewhere around Rijana and Dutse last night, and this damaged the tracks.

“Efforts are currently ongoing to ensure that the train services along the Kaduna-Abuja route are fully restored,”

The NRC had in a statement on its website, said the services were suspended for the safety of passengers and crew members.

The statement added that efforts were being put in place to ensure absolute safety along the route and further information concerning the suspension will be conveyed to the public shortly.

Make Nigeria proud in sports, Buhari charges NYSC members

President Muhammadu Buhari has charged the members of the National Youth Service Corps to pursue careers in sports and make Nigeria proud on the international scene.

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He said this during the closing ceremony of the annual NYSC Sports and Cultural festival held at the MKO Abiola National Stadium in Abuja, on Thursday.

He commended the corps members for participating in the competition despite all odds and stressed the need for them to re-double efforts to attain professional recognition after their national service.

Buhari, who was represented by his Special Adviser on Sports Development and former Super Eagles star, Daniel Amokachi, said the Federal Government would continue to support them while reiterating the need for them to be dedicated and patriotic.

He also used the occasion to call for the participation of more youths, especially women and girls in sports in the country.

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