Panic as bombs hit gunmen’s hideouts
There was panic among residents of the Essien Udim Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State on Tuesday as the military bombarded the Ikot Akpan forest in the area.
The PUNCH learnt that the military operation was aimed at flushing out hoodlums who had been attacking police formations in the state.
Residents, who share boundaries with hoodlums’ hideouts, told one of our correspondents that the bombing of the forest started at 8am and ended at 12 noon on Tuesday.
Suspected herdsmen kidnap three in Edo community
Suspected herdsmen on Monday kidnapped three persons (two women and the driver of a truck) on their way to Utesi in Ovia North-East Local Government Area of Edo State.
A colleague of the kidnapped driver said he was heading to a sawmill in the community was said to have been intercepted by the herdsmen, who opened fire on the oncoming truck and forcefully abducted him and the two women.
“The driver was going to the sawmill in Utesi with two women, where he went to carry woods, but on their way, three herdsmen came out and opened fire on them, three of them were kidnapped and we have not heard anything from them till now.
Among their victims was an American based Nigerian, Prince Dennis Abuda, who was kidnapped and killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
2023: Tinubu Has All It Takes To Become President – Fasoranti
The immediate past leader of the Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, Chief Reuben Fasoranti, has declared his support for Bola Ahmed Tinubu ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
Speaking on Tuesday when Tinubu supporters paid him a courtesy visit in his residence in Akure, the Ondo state capital, Fasoranti said the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has his total support.
The elder statesman added that Tinubu has all it takes to govern the country, judging from his performances and activities in Lagos state when he was the governor.
Fasoranti said with Tinubu as president, all the prayers of Afenifere for Nigeria will be answered, particularly on the issue of restructuring and federalism.
He said, “Tinubu will have my total support. With all his hard work in the country, his activities and his track record, he deserves to be President. I know him very well and he can do it.
“He has my total support. Judging from his performances and activities, he is the one that can do it. Our prayer is that God will make him realise his vision and all prayers for him will be granted.
Billionaires list: Dangote, Adenuga, Rabiu’s wealth rises by $5.7bn
The combined net worth of three of Nigeria’s richest persons increased by $5.7bn in one year to $22.5bn, according to Forbes’ 2021 World’s Billionaires list.
The list, which was released on Tuesday, includes 14 African billionaires, with the President/Chief Executive of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, leading the pack.
Dangote, Africa’s richest person, saw his net worth jump to $11.5bn from $8.3bn in 2020, making him the 191st wealthiest person in the world.
The Chairman of Globacom and Conoil Plc, Dr Mike Adenuga, who is Nigeria’s second richest person and the fifth on the continent, was ranked 440th as his fortune rose to $6.1bn from $5.6bn last year.
The second richest African, Nassef Sawiris, was ranked 297th on the list with a net worth of $8.3bn.
He is an investor and a scion of Egypt’s wealthiest family, with his most valuable asset being a nearly six per cent stake in sportswear maker Adidas, according to Forbes.
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