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5 killed in Customs, smugglers gun battle



At least five persons were feared dead on Thursday when men of the Ogun State Command of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) engaged in a shoot out with smugglers around Oju-Ore area of Ota in the Ado-Odo/Ota local government area of Ogun State.

It was gathered that the Customs officers have been on the trail of the smugglers from Owode area in Yewa South local government before cornering them at Oju-Ore.

An eye witness told our correspondent that the smugglers had successfully smuggled in three expensive cars including a 2014 model Range Rover before the Shootout at Ota.

The gun duel which reportedly lasted for about 45 minutes left the five people injured. They were rushed to the General hospital in Ota.

A local government worker who spoke with our correspondent revealed that the smugglers are popular in the area and worked under a leader known as Agarawu.

He also alleged that Agarawu has always been negotiating with the officers to carry out his illicit trade adding that the negotiation must have gone bad hence the shooting incident.

The Source explained that it took the intervention of the State special combined security outfit called ‘OP Mesa’ and men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad to douse the tension in the area.

As at the time of filling in this report, the source explained that men of the Customs and the smugglers were sighted at the hospital where the injured were being attended to.

While contacted, the Customs Public Relations Officer, Usman Abdullahi said he was not aware of the development but would get back after investigation.

“I am not aware of that to my knowledge, but I will do my investigation and findings and whatever it is, I will get you posted,” he said.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi did not respond to calls put across to his mobile number, neither did he respond to the text message sent to him.

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Deborah Samuel: Gov Tambuwal relaxes curfew



Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State government has relaxed the 24-hour curfew he imposed on the state capital following violent protest over the arrest of some youths allegedly involved in the killing Deborah Samuel, a 200-level student.

Tambuwal in a statement issued by his Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Isah Bajini, said the revised curfew will now be from dusk to dawn in Sokoto township.

The statement noted that “Sequel to the briefing by the security heads in the State, the State Governor, Rt Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has ordered the relaxation of the 24-hour curfew in force in Sokoto metropolis

“The revised curfew will now be from dusk to dawn in Sokoto township. This is with a view to affording people the window to pursue their legitimate businesses and other means of livelihood.”

Recall that following the lynching of the 200-level student for allegedly insulting Prophet Mohammed, the State’s police command arrested some persons linked to the incident.

However, a large number of Muslim boys who were angered by the arrest, stormed the streets in the State on Saturday, demanding the release of the suspects.

The development, which triggered tension in several parts of the State, made the Governor to impose the curfew.

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Arsonists burn down LG secretariat, Magistrate Court in Anambra



Suspected arsonists have burnt down Idemili North Local Government secretariat in Ogidi and a Magistrate Court in the area.

Sources said the arsonists entered the premises on Sunday night to perpetuate the act, burning down all files, properties in the secretariat, including the secretariat building.

Videos and pictures circulating online showed that the entire buildings were reduced to rubbles, while vehicles parked inside the Local Government secretariat were also burnt to ashes.

The State Police Command has also confirmed the development, attributing it to unidentified arsonists.

DSP Toochukwu Ikenga, the spokesperson of the State Police Command said: “Yes, the incident was confirmed, and our men were there to restore normalcy.

“Right now, the fire has been put off, and calm has been restored to the area,” Ikenga said.

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National Assembly transmits amended Electoral Act to Buhari




The National Assembly has transmitted the amended Electoral Act 2022 to the Presiden Muhammadu Buhari for assent.

The bill was transmitted to the Presidency on Friday.

Sources in the Presidency and the National Assembly confirmed the transmission.

A source in the Presidency, who spoke on the condition of anonymity as he had not been authorised to announce the development officially, said, “Yes, it has been transmitted. But wait till Monday when it may be announced when the President will sign it.”

Another source in the National Assembly said, “It was transmitted on Friday. I needed to confirm it before saying anything.”

It was further learnt that Buhari would sign the amendment ahead of primaries of political parties beginning next week.

The Senate and the House of Representatives had last week passed an amendment to the Act to recognise statutory delegates at primaries, congresses, and conventions of political parties.

The lawmakers particularly amended Section 84(8) of the Act to provide automatic or statutory delegates, ahead of the forthcoming party primaries, from where candidates would emerge for the 2023 general elections.
In March, the National Assembly had passed the bill for the Act while the President signed it into law.

While political parties are close to conducting primaries to elect candidates for the 2023 general elections, the Act did not allow members elected into public offices and executives of the parties, known as statutory delegates, to participate and vote in the conventions, congresses, or meetings of parties.

The chambers had described the omission as “a fundamental error.”

Without the provision by the law, Buhari; the Vice-President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo (SAN); members of the National Assembly, governors and their deputies, members of the State Houses of Assembly, chairmen of local government areas, councillors, executives of political parties, amongst others, would have been disenfranchised.

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