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Timothy Adegoke: Policemen, Amotekun foil attempt to kidnap deceased’s brother

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Olugbade, the elder brother of Timothy Adegoke who died in mysterious circumstances in the Hilton Hotel and Resorts, Ile Ife, Osun State, has said he escaped being kidnapped on Saturday.

He noted that the incident happened around 9pm in Eruwa, Oyo State.

Olugbade, whose family is from Eruwa, has been vocal in the demand for justice for his late brother.

He said he had gone to buy some items from a store not far from his house when some men made an attempt to force him into their car.

According to him, the intervention of the police and men of the Amotekun Corps saved him from the assailants.

Olugbade said, “Three days ago, I went out to a store not far from our house to buy some things. It was around some minutes past 9pm.

“After buying the things, I came out of the store and was returning when I saw some men come out of a car that was parked close to the place. The car was parked there before I went to the store.

“The men just came towards me and said, ‘He is the one, go inside that car.’ They started pursuing me; they wanted to kidnap me.

“When I realised that, I started running, shouting and screaming and this attracted those nearby. The DPO, Eruwa division, tried and some policemen and Amotekun corps who were stationed at a nearby place came towards me.

“Immediately those men saw them, they ran back into their car and fled the area. In fact, the policemen and the Amotekun corps saved me from being kidnapped by those men.”

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Adewale Osifeso, did not take his calls which rang out.

He had also yet to reply to messages sent to him on the incident as of press time.

Olugbade’s younger brother, Timothy, who was a master’s student at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, lodged in Hilton Hotel and disappeared after a day.

His corpse, which was dumped in a bush, was later exhumed for an autopsy.

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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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