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A former speaker of Edo State House of Assembly, Zakawanu Garuba, is dead.
Garuba, a member of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), who was speaker between 2007 and 2009, died at the age of 54, in Abuja, in the early hours of Saturday, July 18 after a brief disclosed illness.
After his exit from the legislative duty, Gariba was appointed into the Board of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), to serve as an executive commissioner, finance and administration (now known as the corporate services directorate of the commission).
He was born on August 23rd, 1965 at the Akpekpe community in the Auchi kingdom of Etsako West Local Government Area of the state.
While in the house, he served as chairman of the House committees on the judiciary, human rights, and legal matters.
The former lawmaker is survived by a wife and children.
2. Explosion Kills Five Siblings, One Other In Katsina
An explosion at Yammama village of Malumfashi town in Katsina state killed six people leaving five others hospitalized in the early hours of Saturday.
Five of the deceased were of the same parents.
According to reports from a resident of the area, the five went out of the farm to get grass for their domestic animals when the explosion occurred.
"The explosion killed six while five were rushed to the hospital. As at the time of filing the report, the police image maker Isa Gambo could not confirm the incident.
3. Shehu Sani Reacts As the 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 an action.
According to Sani, "With hundreds of thousands of Citizens of the Niger Republic living in Nigeria for generations, in most parts of the North, deporting '42' Nigerians can only trigger an action that will not be to the brotherly relationship that exists between the two countries".
4. Edo 2020: Obaseki Denies Allegations Of Destroying Ize-Iyamu's Campaign Billboards
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has denied claims that he destroyed the campaign billboards of the All Progressive Congress governorship candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
Obaseki, who is seeking re-election on the platform of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), 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".
Obaseki states that the allegations were "ludicrous and unfounded" adding that "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".
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