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Man commits suicide over debt in Osun

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There was pandemonium in Oke Onitea area of Osogbo, the Osun State capital, in the early hours of Tuesday when a 27-year-old man, Adekola Busari, hanged himself inside his sitting room.

Residents of the area where the incident occurred were seen in the place trying to catch a glimpse of the man.

A source close to the the man’s family said he might have decided to take his life due to his alleged inability to pay a debt owed one microfinance bank.

It was gathered that the wife, Bidemi Busari, was the person that discovered the man’s body dangling from the ceiling of their sitting room at about 5.00 a.m.

She was said to have raised an alarm, prompting neighbours and other people to rush to the scene of the incident, but nothing could be done to save the man.

She said that her husband did not give any sign of planning to commit suicide the previous night, adding that they chatted and prayed together before they went to bed.

According to Bidemi, “he went out to watch a football match last night till 11.00 p.m. and when he came back home, he ate his food, we chatted, prayed and he went to bed.

She further stated that “though he is indebted, I have been paying back the loan he took from a microfinance bank. So I don’t understand why he decided to hang himself.”

One of the residents of the area, Mr Oyeniyi Benjamin, described the incident as strange and shocking, adding that Mrs Busari’s cry woke people in the neighbourhood to the incident.

According to him, “we both watched football match together on Monday night and he did not show any sign of depression, worries or being in trouble before we parted.”

Similarly, the deceased close friend, Mr Adebiyi Saka, expressed shock at the death of Busari, saying that “we were at the football viewing centre together till 11.00 p.m. on Monday and I even paid for him to watch the match.”

Calls to the cell phone of the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for Osun State Police Command, Mrs Folasade Odoro, did not go through, but an official of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) who pleaded anonymity said that his colleagues had gone to bring in an ambulance to take the corpse to the morgue.

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Deborah Samuel: Gov Tambuwal relaxes curfew

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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

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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

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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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