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Buhari hails ex-President Jonathan at 65



The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has rejoiced with former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, on his 65th birthday, which comes up on November 20, 2022.

The President, in a congratulatory message by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, on Saturday, in Abuja, noted the unique position of Jonathan in the growth and development of the nation.

He lauded Jonathan for sacrificing personal ambition for the greater good of the country, and successfully winning the hearts of Nigerians and the world as a man of peace, by carrying on his legacy of truce and amity to many countries.

Buhari joined the family, particularly his wife, Patience, and mother, Eunice, in celebrating another milestone in the former president’s life.

The President noted Jonathan’s political journey, which he said, had been evidently shaped by the mercies and grace of the Almighty God, starting as deputy governor, 1999-2005, governor, 2005 -2007, vice president, 2007-2010 and president, 2010-2015.

According to him, the friendliness, loyalty and humility of Jonathan continue to open opportunities for service to humanity while defining a path for the former president to invest in people, institutions, and nations.

He, therefore, prayed for Jonathan’s well-being and that of his family.

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‘ I hear voices in prison asking me to kill somebody



A 41-year-old man, Nurudeen Bakare, standing trial for the murder of his mother, has told a Lagos High Court sitting at the Tafawa Balewa Square that he has been hearing voices asking him to kill somebody in prison.

Nurudeen, who lived abroad for 12 years, is standing trial before Justice Modupe Nico-Clay.

The defendant was 37-year-old when he allegedly killed his mother, Abosede, 65, by stabbing her with a kitchen knife.

When the case came up before the court for the commencement of trial on Thursday, the defendant, who was brought from the Ikoyi Custodial Centre, said he was a psychiatric patient.

He said, “I have been hearing voices in the prison that I should kill somebody. It is my mother’s voice that I have been hearing that I must kill somebody in the cell. I even attempted to kill somebody last month on October 11 at the Ikoyi prison.”

 Justice Nico-Clay asked him to stop talking, called a prison official into the courtroom and instructed him to keep the defendant away from other inmates.

The judge adjourned the case till February 2, 2023, for the commencement of trial.

Nurudeen was arraigned before the court on June 27, 2022, four years after he allegedly killed his mother by stabbing her in her stomach and neck.

He is facing one count of murder preferred against him by the Lagos State Government.

The state prosecuting counsel, Mrs Titilayo Olanrewaju-Daudu, told the court that the incident occurred on June 6, 2018, around 11pm, at 49, Oremeji Street, Ilasamaja, in the Mushin area of Lagos State.

Bakare was first remanded by a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court on July 4, 2018.

The prosecutor, Modupe Olaluwoye, a police sergeant, had told the court that the defendant had an argument with his 65-year-old mother, Bosede, over his inherited property.

“My Lord, during the argument, he grabbed a knife and stabbed her in her stomach and neck.

“During questioning, he admitted to committing the offence and even signed a confessional statement,” Olaluwoye said.

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“ Where Are His Colleagues?”: Alleged Video of Actor Hank Anuku Looking Rough, Roaming the Streets, Causes Stir



Veteran Nollywood actor, Hank Anuku, caused widespread concern on social media over a video of him that went viral In the clip which was captured by an eyewitness, the movie star was seen looking haggard as he roamed the streets of Benin The video caused a lot of buzz as Nigerians reacted in dismay to seeing the once prominent actor in such a state

Veteran Nollywood actor, Hank Anuku, has become a trending topic on social media after a video of him roaming the streets went viral online.

In a series of videos posted online by different eyewitnesses, the once bubbly movie star was seen looking haggard on the streets of Benin.

Hank was also seen talking to himself as people recorded him and expressed their dismay.

After a few eyewitnesses posted clips of the actor in the deplorable state online, they soon went viral and got Nigerians talking.

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Court ruling: Abia APC rejects Ogah as its candidate



He procured dummy Guber ticket from Court -Party

The leadership of the Abia State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has rejected Dr. Uche Ogah, former Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development as its governorship candidate, saying the former Minister has no legitimate claim to the governorship ticket of the party.

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja had last week declared Ogah as the authentic Governorship candidate of APC in Abia State, nullifying the candidacy of Chief Ikechi Emenike.

In a statement issued at the weekend in Umuahia, and signed by the trio of state chairman, Dr Kingsley Ononogbu, state secretary, Hon Chidi Avajah, and publicity secretary, Obinna Atuonwu, Abia APC leadership distanced the party from Ogah, saying that he has no cause to rejoice over the judgment delivered in his favour by the Federal High Court.

The Abia APC leaders expressed dismay that “Uche Ogah and his dwindling number of associates have been living in fool’s paradise and feasting on the Court judgement that awarded him a phoney victory.

“When Ogah and his followers wake up from their slumber, they will realise that they have been sold a dummy which will not stand further judicial scrutiny,” the party leaders said.

The party leaders said that the need for them to make clarifications “has become necessary due to misinformation and disinformation going on within sections of the media space thereby painting a wrong picture of the true situation”.

According to them, the judgment delivered by Justice Binta Nyako was “a miscarriage of justice to the effect that a meddlesome interloper should be candidate of a party, mainly based on INEC report.

“The judge forgot to consider that the same INEC report stated they (electoral body) also monitored the primary election that produced Chief Ikechi Emenike as the governorship candidate of the party.

“More worrisome is that the trial judge was blind to the fact that Uche Ogah’s so-called primary was not conducted by the party – indeed, no primary election produced him,” the statement said.

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