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Breaking News In Nigeria This Evening, Saturday, July 18, 2020

Shehu Sani reacts as Niger Republic deports Nigerians.

A former Kaduna Central district Senator, Shehu Sani has reacted to the deportation of Nigerians by the Government of Niger Republic.

He said the deportation may trigger an action that will not be helpful to the brotherly relationship that exists between the two countries.

The former lawmaker wondered why a country like Niger with hundreds of thousands of its citizens living in Nigeria for generations, should take such action.

DAILY POST reported that no fewer than 42 Nigerians were repatriated from the Niger Republic for entering the country without valid documents.

Abdullahi Dalhatu, Acting Controller, Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Katsina State, disclosed this.

The deportees were returned to Nigeria through the NIS control post in Kongolam.

According to Sani, “With hundreds of thousands of Citizens of Niger Republic living in Nigeria for generations, in most parts of the north, deporting ’42’ Nigerians from Niger can only trigger an action that will not be helpful to the brotherly relationship that exists between the two countries.”

NDDC probe: NANS threatens to expose more corruption, supports forensic audit.

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), has threatened to expose more corrupt practices at the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

This was, even as, the students’ apex body in Nigeria also called on President Muhammadu Buhari, to stand on his ground and ensure that the forensic audit of the Commission was not sabotaged.

Global President of NANS, Comrade Danielson Bamidele Akpan, in a statement on Saturday, confirmed the resolve of Nigerian students to embark on mass action, should anyone or group of persons attempt to disrupt the forensic audit.

“Forensic audit is not negotiable, any attempt by any person or group of persons whose sharp practices in the commission is to frustrate the ongoing forensic audit will be met by mass action of Nigerian Students”, Akpan said.

He stressed that, the outcome of the forensic audit would bring an end to the days of perpetual corruption in the commission and thereafter making the funds serve the people of the region.

Former Ag. Managing Director (MD) of the Commission, Ms. Joy Nunieh, has also made some allegations against the overseeing Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio.

But the NANS President, in his statement, lambasted Ms. Nunieh, describing her actions as conniving with enemies of the Niger Delta, to perpetually keep the region in a state of underdevelopment.

Akpan said, the bold move by Senator Akpabio “has become a consistent threat of business extinction to those who have, over the years, made brisk business portfolio from the contracts of NDDC. This will no doubt generate mud and dust from the perpetrators which the honourable Minister and those tasked by Mr. President must be prepared for”.

He said the student body was alarmed at the latest twist and outburst from Ms. Nunieh, wondering “why all these allegations and drama she is acting were not staged when she was in office as the Acting MD of the Commission”.

Akpan stressed that, Ms. Nuneih’s “attack on the personality of Senator Godswill Akpabio is seen as designed in connivance with the detractors who she originally called detractors while she served as acting MD.

“The same people who were hell bent on pulling down the promoters of the forensic audit from the inception have become frightened by the commitment and resolve to push on the assignment to fruition as directed by Mr. President. Ms. Nunieh has suddenly become friend with them and now their main character in the script.

“The person of Senator Godswill Akpabio who from our assessment is upright and has contributed immensely to development of democracy in Nigeria, as Governor of Akwa Ibom State, the developmental projects he executed and his nationalistic attributes are testimonial”, he added.

BREAKING: Seven feared dead as explosion rocks Katsina.

Seven persons reportedly died on Saturday at Yardagi village in Zango Local Government Area of Katsina State when a device said to be an Improvised Explosive Device planted on a farmland near the community exploded.

The victims were said to have died on the spot.

Although circumstances surrounding the incident were still hazy as of the time of filing this report, it was learnt that the victims went to get grasses for their animals at the farm when they reportedly stepped on the device.

Sources said five others, who sustained injuries, are currently hospitalised at an unnamed hospital.

When contacted, the Spokesman for Katsina State Police Command, SP Gambo Isah, confirmed the occurrence, saying, “I will issue a statement on the incident.”

Edo 2020: Obaseki denies destroying Ize-Iyamu’s billboards.

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has denied claims that he destroyed the campaign billboards of the All Progressives Congress governorship candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

Obaseki, who is seeking reelection on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, will face Ize-Iyamu and candidates from other parties in the September 19 governorship election.

In a statement on Saturday by the governor’s Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie, Obaseki noted that “the allegations are belated antics of a routinely recycled politician”.

Osagie stated that the allegations were “ludicrous and unfounded” adding, “Anyone who knows Ize-Iyamu very well knows that this is his approach to politics. He raises the alarm and cries wolf when no one is chasing him.

“The state government has not removed any of his billboards. This is cheap blackmail to score lame political points.”

Catholic Church loses priest to COVID-19 in Enugu.

The Catholic Diocese of Enugu has announced the death of its priest, Rev. Fr. Joachim Cabanyes, following COVID-19 complications at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH) isolation centre.

Rev. Fr. Nkemjika Igweshi, Secretary to Most Rev. Callistus Onaga, Bishop of Enugu Diocese, made the disclosure in a statement issued to newsmen in Enugu on Saturday.

Igweshi said that Fr. Cabanyes was a Spanish priest of the Opus Dei Prelature who worked in the diocese and had served the Nigerian Church for about 28 years.

“He was such a nice, easy-going, cordial, generous, prayerful, and dedicated pastor.

“He hailed from Spain, but loved our people so much and always attended our diocesan functions.

“His body has just been laid to rest, following the NCDC guidelines.

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