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Today's Headlines: Buhari mourns Ilori, ex-Lagos CJ, FG urges fleeing inmates to return

Buhari mourns Ilori, ex-Lagos CJ

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The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Saturday mourned the passing of Justice Samuel Ilori, the ninth Chief Judge of Lagos State.

In a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President said that Ilori would be remembered for introducing the use of technology to Nigerian courts.

The former judge died on Tuesday, October 12, at the age of 87. According to his family, he “passed peacefully”.

In a statement titled ‘President Buhari mourns Justice Ilori, Ex-Lagos Chief Judge’, the President condoled with the family on the passing of the ex-Chief Judge.

The statement read, “President Muhammadu Buhari extends heartfelt condolences to the family of Ilori on the passing of Justice Samuel Omotunde Ilori, the 9th Chief Judge of Lagos State.

“The President joins the Lagos State Government, the Bar, and the National Judicial Council in mourning the eminent jurist, who started his career as a Pupil Counsel at the Federal Ministry of Justice in 1965 and later transferred his service to Lagos State, rising through the ranks before his appointment as Chief Judge in 1996.

FG urges fleeing inmates to return

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The Federal Government has urged the inmates who escaped after gunmen invaded Abolongo Custodial Centre in Oyo State on Friday to turn themselves in.

Sola Fasure, the Media Adviser to the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, disclosed this in a statement titled ‘Armed Attack On Abolongo Custodial Centre.’

Fasure revealed that the Minister is monitoring the situation, adding that he urged the public to report any suspicious movement or sign of the escaped inmates and the gunmen

This is as he revealed that some inmates have been captured while some returned voluntarily.

He said, “At about 10.00pm yesterday, October 22, 2021, a large number of heavily-armed gunmen attacked the Abolongo Custodial Centre, in Oyo, Oyo State.

“Armed squad unit, members of the Nigerian Correctional Service and other security agencies on guard at the facility engaged the attackers in a gun duel that lasted for 20 minutes before they were overpowered.

“The attackers subsequently used grenades and other explosives to gain access into the awaiting trial section of the facility and set free many of the awaiting trial inmates. Other sections of the facilities were left untouched.

“The Controller General of the Nigerian Correctional Service has been on the situation immediately the incident occurred.

“The Minister of Interior has been briefed on the attack. He is monitoring the situation.

“He has assured members of the public to go about their normal businesses as the situation is under control. He also requires members of the public to report any suspicious movement or any sign of the escaped inmates and the gunmen in and around the vicinity to the nearest security post around them.

The Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria has lamented the deteriorating state of security in the country, urging the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to declare banditry and kidnapping as acts of terrorism.

This was contained in a communique issued at the end of the third quarter meeting of the Forum held on Saturday at the Katsina state government House which was sent to our correspondent in Bauchi.

State assembly speakers ask FG to declare bandits as terrorists

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Chairman of the Forum and Speaker of the Bauchi state House of Assembly, Abubakar Suleiman, read the communique.

He said, “The Conference again, decried the spate of insecurity in the Country and resolved to work out legislative frameworks to complement the efforts of the Federal Government to fight insecurity in the Country.

“The Conference called on the Federal Government to declare banditry and kidnapping as acts of terrorism and as such deal with the perpetrators decisively.

“The Conference resolved to make appropriate laws to address fundamental issues that breed insecurity in the land as well as creating employment for the youth with a view to curbing the menace of insecurity in the country.”

Meanwhile, the Katsina state Governor, Aminu Masari, in a keynote address at the opening ceremony of the meeting, called on Buhari to declare a state of emergency on security in the country.

He said this would restore peace and order in the country as well as guarantee protection of the lives and properties of the citizens.

Masari explained that the Katsina State Government, with the cooperation of the State Assembly, has provided a legal framework and restructured existing ones, among other measures, to curb insecurity in the state.

Sisters abducted in Ondo, taken away in mother’s car

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Two sisters in nursery class have been abducted in Ondo State.

The police, who confirmed the incident on Saturday, said that the abduction took place on Friday night.

The spokesperson of the Ondo police, Funmilayo Odunlami, said upon their return from an outing at about 8:00 p.m., the mother parked the car in front of her house and went out to open the gate leaving the two kids in the vehicle.

“Another car with three occupants suddenly drove up to her. One of the occupants collected her car keys and drove away with the kids still inside the car.

“The anti-kidnapping section of the police is already on the trail of the assailants to rescue the two kids and recover the car,” Ms Odunlami said.

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