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Gunmen kill traditional head, abduct 3 others in Ondo Community

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The traditional head of Iku quarter, the Oniku of Iku in Ikare Akoko, High Chief Mukaila Bello and three other indigenes of the town have been kidnapped by unknown gunmen.
They were abducted on Thursday evening at Ago Panu axis of Owo-Ikare road, on their way from Akure to Ikare.
is in Owo local government area of the state, while iku area of ikare is popular for hosting awara dam and ikare stadium among other symbolic facilities.
Other victims are another chief from ikare, Yèyé Gbafinro as well as a former state House of Assembly candidate for Akoko north-east constituency and apc chieftain, hon Adeniran Adeyemo and a community leader, Bashiru Adekile.
The driver of their car was matcheted and now receiving treatment at undisclosed hospital in Owo.
The kidnappers are yet to contact families of the victims as at the time of this report.
A family member of one of the victims confirmed the incident to SunshineTruth reporter.
The police in Ondo state are yet to respond to the development.
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Kogi: Don’t lose hope, our mandate’ll be reclaimed, Ajaka tells supporters

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Kogi: Don't lose hope, our mandate'll be reclaimed, Ajaka tells supporters
Alhaji Murtala Yakubu Ajaka
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…Takes battle to Supreme Court

The Kogi State governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, in the November 11, 2023 governorship election, Alhaji Murtala Yakubu Ajaka, has vowed to continue with the battle to reclaim his ‘stolen’ mandate at the Supreme Court, urging his followers and the people of the state to remain calm, steadfast and resolute.

Reacting to the judgment delivered by the Court of Appeal, which affirmed the election of Governor Usman Ododo as governor of Kogi state, on Thursday, Ajaka urged his supporters to use the temporary setback as fuel to propel them forward towards reclaiming the mandate in order to ensure that the will of the people prevailed.

“We understand that this decision may have brought about feelings of disappointment and frustration among our supporters, but we want to assure you that this setback will not stop our determination to use all legal means to reclaim our stolen mandate… Together, we shall overcome this temporary setback and emerge victorious. Let us stand tall, united, and unwavering in our pursuit of justice. The journey may be arduous, but the destination will be worth it, Ajaka said in a statement he issued after the Appellate court’s verdict on Thursday.

The full statement:

I have just been briefed on the outcome of our petition to the Court of Appeal. In light of today’s verdict, we want to state that we acknowledge and respect the decision of the Court of Appeal. However, we strongly believe that some irregularities and manipulations influenced the outcome of this petition. We have tirelessly fought for the rights and interests of the people of Kogi State, and we will not let this temporary setback deter us from our mission. We understand that this decision may have brought about feelings of disappointment and frustration among our supporters, but we want to assure you that this setback will not stop our determination to use all legal means to reclaim our stolen mandate.

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I call on all our supporters to remain calm and peaceful in the face of this disappointment and injustice. We understand the frustration and anger that may arise from this situation, but resorting to violence or any form of unlawful behaviour is not the solution. We must continue to uphold the principles of democracy and fight for justice through legal means.

Furthermore, I want to extend my gratitude and appreciation to our formidable legal team, who have worked diligently and tirelessly throughout this legal battle. Their brilliance, dedication, and unwavering commitment to justice have been evident at every step of the way, not minding the disappointing outcome so far. I commend them for their efforts and assure you that they will continue to fight with every ounce of their expertise and legal prowess until justice is served to the people of Kogi State.

We understand that this verdict may have caused some to feel disheartened and even depressed. However, we urge you not to lose hope. Remember that our journey to reclaiming our stolen mandate is not limited to this decision. This is just another step in a series of legal battles that we are prepared to take to the very end.

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Now more than ever, we must remain relentless in our pursuit of justice. We cannot afford to be deterred by setbacks or disheartened by temporary defeats. Our cause is just, and our determination will not waver. We must stand united and continue to support our legal team as they navigate these complex legal waters on our behalf.

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I want to assure you, our political followers, that victory is within our grasp. We firmly believe that the truth will prevail, and justice will be served. We have full faith in the Nigerian judicial system, and we are confident that the apex court will rectify the injustices that have been inflicted upon us once again.

In the coming weeks, we will be working tirelessly to prepare our case for the apex court. We will leave no stone unturned, and no avenue unexplored in our quest for justice. We understand the weight of responsibility that has been placed upon our shoulders, and we are prepared to carry it with unwavering dedication and resilience.

We call upon all our political followers and citizens of Kogi State to remain steadfast and resolute. Let us use this setback as fuel to propel us forward, to ignite a fire within us that will burn even brighter. Our stolen mandate will be reclaimed, and the will of the people will prevail.

Together, we shall overcome this temporary setback and emerge victorious. Let us stand tall, united, and unwavering in our pursuit of justice. The journey may be arduous, but the destination will be worth it.

Thank you, and may God bless the people of Kogi State and the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Alh Murtala Yakubu Ajaka
Sdp governorship candidate
11th July, 2024

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Teacher commits suicide, leaves note on how his money should be shared

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A 46-year-old teacher at Maguya Day Secondary School in Chipata District in Zambia has allegedly committed suicide by taking unknown poisonous substances.

Panford Mweetwa, who was recently transferred from Nsanjika Day Secondary School to Maguya left behind a written note stating that “he had been working very hard but had nothing to show what he had achieved” and further indicated on how his money is to be shared.

The incident occurred on Wednesday, July 3, 2024, at Mwami turn off.

Eastern Province Police Deputy Commanding Officer Stephen Mayoko who confirmed the incident to the media on Friday, July 5, explained that the deceased told his wife that he was going into Chipata town, howeve, around 10pm, Mr. Mweetwa was found unconscious.

He was rushed to Katandala clinic for treatment but was later referred to another hospital where he was admitted.

Whilst being treated, the deceased who was able to talk revealed that he had taken unknown poisonous liquid to end his life. He died the same day.

The body is still in the mortuary awaiting burial.

Teacher commits suicide, leaves note on how his money should be shared
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‘No amount of political gang up can unseat Tinubu’ – Matawalle tells Northern political leaders

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Minister of State for Defence, Bello Muhammed Matawalle
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The Minister of State for Defence, Bello Muhammed Matawalle, has said that no amount of political gang up and blackmail can unseat President Bola Tinubu in 2027.

Speaking in an interview with Journalists on Tuesday, Matawalle, dismissed claims that Tinubu was marginalizing Northerners, saying Northerners are the greatest beneficiaries in the administration of Tinubu compared to other regions of the country.

There have been speculations that the recent visits by prominent Northern politicians including Abubakar Atiku and Nasir El-Rufai to ex-President Muhammadu Buhari in Daura, Katsina State, were part of plots to evict Tinubu from the office in 2027.

According to the Defence Minister, the North has derived numerous benefits from President Tinubu’s administration, including strategic appointments and infrastructural development.

Matawalle listed several key appointments held by Northerners, including himself as Minister of State for Defence, Mohammed Badaru Abubakar as Minister of Defence, and others in critical ministries.

He said, “They include but are not limited to: Muhammed Idris – Minister of Information and National orientation, Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare – Ali Pate, Minister of Agriculture and food security -Abubakar kyari and Minister of Youths- Dr. Jamila Bio Ibrahim.

“Minister of Foreign Affairs – Yusuf Tuggar, Minister of Budget and Economic planning – Atiku Bagudu, Minister of Water resources and sanitation – Joseph Utsve, Minister of Steel development – Shuaibu Audu, Minister of State, Agriculture – Sabi Abdullahi, Minister of Special duties – Zephaniah Jisalo, Minister of Education Tahir Maman SAN and Minister of State Education Yusuf Sununu.

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“Minister of Police affairs Ibrahim Geidam, Minister of State Police Affairs Hon imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim, Minister of State Water Resources Bello Goronto, Minister of Housing and Urban development Ahmed Dangiwa, Minister of State Housing and urban Development Abdullahi Gwarzo.

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“The North has appointments like the National Security Adviser, NSA, Director- General DSS, Director-General NIA, Chief of Defence Staff, Chief of Air Staff, Group Managing Director (GMD) NNPCL and MD Nigerisn Ports Authority, just to mention a few.”

He emphasized President Tinubu’s commitment to security, citing his efforts in the defence sector, including strategic policy development, counter-terrorism initiatives, capacity building, community engagement, regional security cooperation, humanitarian support, oversight, and coordination.

The Minister called on Northern political leaders to unite behind Tinubu to enable him to implement his Renewed Hope Agenda and salvage the nation’s economy and politics.

He added, “No amount of political gang up can unseat the President, and no amount of blackmail can stop him from contesting for the Presidential election come 2027.

“The alleged move by some selfish Northern Politicians masquerading as oracle for the North is just mere power play by some unpatriotic northern politician without grassroots base.”

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