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20-month-old baby stolen at naming ceremony in Ogun

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A 20 month old child, Opeyemi Ogundele was reported stolen on Sunday during a naming ceremony in Abeokuta.

It is learnted that the incident happened at Mile 2, Iyana Concord, Akorede Estate, Ilugun Inukosegba Community in Abeokuta North Local Government Area of the state.

Community members, however, besieged the residence of one Chief Olasile Ifayemi, an herbalist alleged to be the kidnapper of the child.

Elizabeth Ogundele, 26, mother of the toddler, who narrated her ordeal, said she was getting ready for her niece’s naming ceremony when she discovered her son was missing.

She said that she had gone to celebrate with her brother, Olusola Osunleke on Sunday when the incident happened.

“I was helping my brother’s wife get ready for the ceremony when I noticed that my son was missing.

“I searched for him in and around the house because some tenants said they saw him playing ball, but he was nowhere to be seen.

“I ran outside the house into the community still searching and that was when I encountered two guys at Chief Ifayemi’s house.

“I asked if they had seen my son, they denied and started giggling, so I left.’’

NAN reports that youths in the community vandalised the bungalow belonging to the alleged kidnapper.

Different fetish items and human parts were discovered at the scene as angry youths were getting ready to set the bungalow ablaze.

The head of the community could not be reached as at press time as he was not available.

The Commissioner of Police, Abdulmajid Ali, who confirmed the incidence, said that investigations were ongoing.

“Actually a two years old boy was kidnapped yesterday, but the site that was discovered has no relationship with the boy and other human parts that were found at the site.

“Already, we have commenced investigation on the matter‎ and we will let you see what really happened when we finish our investigation.

“I want to make it clear to the people of the state that I’m here to work and to reduce crime and criminality to the barest minimum.

“We will not allow miscreants to continue to disturb us no matter their intention,” the police chief said.

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Ferdinand Marcos Jr sworn in as Philippines president

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Ferdinand Marcos Jr sworn in as Philippines president

Ferdinand Marcos Jr, the son and namesake of the Philippines’ late dictator, has been sworn in as the country’s new president.

Marcos Jr’s inauguration on Thursday marks a stunning political comeback for one of Asia’s most famous political dynasties, 36 years after the elder Marcos was toppled and forced into exile in a popular uprising.

Known as “Bongbong”, the 64-year-old Marcos Jr won a rare landslide victory in last month’s presidential election, helped by what critics have said was a years-long campaign to whitewash his family’s image.

He succeeds Rodrigo Duterte, who gained international notoriety for his deadly drug war and has threatened to kill suspected dealers after he leaves office.

The new president, in a speech that echoed his campaign slogans of unity, promised to take the country far on his watch with policies benefiting everyone, and thanked the public for delivering what he called “the biggest electoral mandate in the history of Philippine democracy”.

“You will not be disappointed, so do not be afraid,” he said at the inauguration ceremony, surrounded by his immediate family and with his sister Imee, a senator, and 92-year-old mother Imelda, a former four-time congresswoman, seated close by.

Marcos Jr also praised his late father’s rule, but said his presidency was not about the past, but a better future.

“I once knew a man who saw what little had been achieved since independence …. but he got it done sometimes with the needed support, sometimes without,” he said. “So will it be with his son. You will get no excuses from me.”

The late Marcos ruled the Philippines for two decades from 1965, almost half of it under martial law, helping him to extend his grip on power until his overthrow and his family’s retreat into exile during the 1986 People Power Revolution. Thousands of Marcos opponents were jailed, killed or disappeared during his rule, and the family name became synonymous with cronyism, extravagance and the disappearance of billions of dollars from state coffers.

The Marcos family has rejected accusations of embezzlement.

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2023 Sallah: Sultan declares July 9 Eid al-Adha

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Sultan of Sokoto

The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, on Wednesday, declared July 9 as Eid al-Adha.

Also known as Sallah, Eid al-Adha will feature the slaughtering of ram during the period known as the “festival of sacrifice”.

This is the second significant celebration in Islam.

The first is Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan.

In a statement issued by the National Moonsighting Committee, the Sultan urged Muslims to intensify prayers during the period.

It also declared Thursday, June 30, as the first day of Dhul Hijjah.

“Eidul Adha will be on Saturday, 10th Zul-Hijjah 1443H (9th July 2022) In Sha Allah,” the statement read in part.

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Abducted wife of Zamfara NULGE chairman gives birth in captivity

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A woman identified as Ramatu Yunusa with nine months of pregnancy, abducted at Damba area of Gusau, the Zamfara State capital, has reportedly given birth at the bandits’ camp.

According to the husband, Mr. Yunusa, Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Zamfara State chapter, the woman delivered at about 3 am on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at the bandits’ camp.

He said he was not even allowed to see his wife and the baby.

“As I am talking to you now, I don’t know whether the new born baby is a boy or a girl but all I know is that my wife has given birth to the baby,” he lamented.

According to him, the bandits demanded any amount as ransom, stressing that the situation was very worrisome to him and the family.

It was gathered that the woman, Ramatu Yunusa, is a nurse with the Federal Medical Center in Gusau, the State capital.

She was kidnapped in the early hours of Tuesday, 28 day of June, 2022, at her Damba residence in Gusau, the State capital.

All efforts by journalists to get reaction from the State Police command proved abortive as the State police spokesman, SP Mohammed Shehu did not respond to calls.

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