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News In Nigeria This Afternoon, Saturday, July 18, 2020

Buhari told to sack Malami.

President Muhammadu Buhari has been urged to sack the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.

Austin Okah, National Coordinator of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Youth Frontier, made the call in a statement on Saturday.

He said Malami’s exit would will pave way for an unbiased investigation of responses Ibrahim Magu, suspended chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), provided to the Justice Ayo Salami led panel.

Okah warned that Magu’s allegation against Malami must not be swept under the carpet.

He claimed there were overwhelming evidences of massive corruption against the AGF, adding that he has also been accused of abuse of office.

The PDP Youth leader said it’s impossible for Malami to remain in office and not interfere in the assignment given to Justice Salami.

“The only way Magu’s allegations can be given a fair view is to have Malami fired by the president”, Okah said.

He wondered why the Buhari government that claimed to be fighting graft “is soaked deeply in corrupt activities”.


Kidnapped wife of Justice Ignatius Agube regains freedom.

The wife of Justice Ignatius Agube, Mrs. Ekwele Agube, abducted at gun point by suspected kidnappers about two weeks ago, has regained her freedom.

The victim was kidnapped at her shop along Ekorinim, in Calabar Municipal Council, Cross River State by gunmen who came in with an unmarked Audi 80 vehicle.

During the attempt to kidnap the victim, her personal assistant who made frantic efforts to prevent or stop the alleged kidnappers from abducting her boss was shut.

It was learnt that the personal assistant, Glory Akpama who was rushed to Navy Reference Hospital died as a result of internal bleeding. The local gun used by the alleged kidnappers was left behind.

When contacted via phone on Saturday, the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Irene Ugbo confirmed the release of Mrs Agube, saying that she was freed Friday night.

“The victim was released on Friday by our men,” she stated.


Two vigilantes killed, four wounded in gun battle with kidnappers in Taraba.

Two members of vigilante group lost their lives during a gun battle with persons suspected to be kidnappers in a thick forest of Mutumbiyu area of Gassol local government area of Taraba state.

Four other members of the vigilante sustained gun shot wounds during the battle.

The dead victims were identified as Gambo Suleiman Gurowa and Ibrahim Usman Makurna.

Daily Trust gathered that the vigilante went into the forest at Kintau, between Gunduma and Gurowa to rescue one Mary Maituwo who was abducted in Mutumbiyu town and taken to the forest by the kidnappers.

The vigilante who rode on motorcycles were said have sighted Mary chained under big tree at the foot of a mountain in Kintau Forrest.

Unknown to the vigilante, a member of the kidnapping gang had seen them preparing the rescue plan and had passed the information to his gang members.

The kidnappers chained Mary Maituwo on the foot of the mountain as trap as they went up the mountain and waited for the vigilante.

Daily Trust further gathered that the vigilante on sighting the woman quickly stopped and tried to free the her.

The kidnappers who already took position at the hiding place open fire on the vigilante and killed two of them instantly and also wounded four others.

The leader of vigilante, one Dankilti ordered his group to withdraw after realizing they could not subdue the kidnappers who had more superior arms.

The wounded were taken to Mutumbiyu general hospital for treatment while ransom was paid for the release of Mary Maituwo.

The Spoke person of Taraba police command DSP David Misal said the police had not received report of the incident yet.


Former Edo Speaker, Garuba, is dead.

A former Speaker of Edo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Zakawanu Garuba, is dead.

It was gathered that Garuba, a two-time member of Edo Assembly died of undisclosed illness Saturday morning at an Abuja hospital.

The former speaker, a lawyer was elected into the Edo State House of Assembly in 2003, on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), but, he became Speaker in 2007.

After his exit from legislative duty, Zakawanu Garuba was appointed into the Board of the Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC to serve as the Executive Commissioner, Finance and Administration (now known as the corporate services directorate of the commission).

He was born on 23 August 1965, at Akpekpe community in Auchi kingdom in Etsako West local government area of the state.

Garuba studied law at the University of Ife, Ile Ife, Osun State (now Obafemi Awolowo University), and was called to Bar in 1990.

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