OVER 50 VEHICLES ALLEGEDLY VANDALIZED AS PDP HOLD CONGRESS

The two camps are one loyal to Governor Seyi Makinde and the other led by some members of the party not pleased with Makinde’s style.

While Makinde’s camp had its congress at Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba, the second camp had its congress at Jogor Centre, Ibadan.

The congress organised by Makinde had him, members of his cabinet, members of the state House of Assembly, local government chairmen, political appointees and other members of the party loyal to him in attendance.

The one organised by aggrieved members was attended by former House of Representatives leader, Hon. Mulikat Akande-Adeola; a member of the House of Representatives representing Ibarapa North/ Ibarapa Central, Hon. Ajibola Muraina; former Deputy Governor, Alhaji Hazeem Gbolarumi; Alhaji Nurain Akanbi, Alhaji Adebisi Olopoeniyan and Hon. Yemi Aderibigbe, among others.

With the two parallel congresses, the party is going to produce two state executives in the state.

Meanwhile, hoodlums allegedly vandalised over 50 vehicles at the Oyo State PDP Congress held at Jogor Event Centre, Ibadan where over 2000 delegates had assembled.

Few minutes to the end of the whole exercise, some hoodlums stormed the venue of the congress, leaving over 50 vehicles damaged. The hoodlums invaded the venue with dangerous weapons and were repelled by the combined team of the Nigerian Police Force and Operatives of the Department of the State Security.

In a remark, Hon. Yemi Aderibigbe said: “It is clear that God is in our side. It is clear that the PDP is back to its rightful owners. We are the owner of our party in this state; we are the one that used to work for the success of the party, I urged you all to go and start working so that you can deliver your wards, local governments and this state in the future election.

“Those that underrated us now see that we are capable, and we are so glad to have our party back, we have shown those people from other parties that wanted to hijack our party the way out,” Aderibigbe said.

In his acceptance speech, the newly elected factional chairman of the PDP, Hon. Micheal Okunlade said: “We are all aware of why and how we arrived at this stage. Like others that are here, I’m one of the numerous victims of the misgiving of Governor Seyi Makinde.”

Other state factional officers elected at Jogor Center include Hon. Mathew Abioye (Deputy Chairman), Mr. Abiodun Oyesola (State Secretary), Pa Olawuwo (Vice Chairman Oyo South), Akeem Ariola (Financial Secretary), Mogaji Bola Akinyemi (Publicity Secretary) while Asiwaju Adekola Adeoye was re-elected as the Youth Leader of the party.

69 YEAR-OLD BRITISH PARLIAMENTARIAN STABBED TO DEATH

69 year-old British lawmaker, David Amess, has died after being stabbed several times during a meeting with his constituents at a church in eastern England.

BBC reported that a man walked into Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, south Essex, where Mr Amess was holding the meeting with locals on Friday and attacked the politician.

Mr Amess, 69, from Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party, was knifed repeatedly in the attack at about midday Friday, BBC reported.

The UK Metropolitan Police, whose counter-terrorism unit is leading the investigation of the incident, said in a statement early on Saturday that they declared the fatal stabbing as a terrorist incident.

“He was treated by emergency services but, sadly, died at the scene,” the statement said. “A 25-year-old man was quickly arrested after officers arrived at the scene on suspicion of murder and a knife was recovered.”

“As part of the investigation, officers are currently carrying out searches at two addresses in the London area and these are ongoing,” the police said, adding that it is believed that the suspect in custody acted alone.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has spoken of his shock and sadness at the loss of “one of the kindest” people in politics.

“David was a man who believed passionately in this country and in its future and we have lost today a fine public servant and a much loved friend and colleague,” Mr Johnson said in a short video on Twitter.

The prime minister said “Sir David had an outstanding record of passing laws to help the most vulnerable.”

Mr Amess had been an MP since 1983 and was married with five children. He is the second serving MP to be killed in the past five years, following the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox in 2016, BBC reports.

He has been a member of parliament for Southend West, which includes Leigh-on-Sea, since 1997, but has been a lawmaker since 1983.

FG DECLARES TUESDAY OCT 19 PUBLIC HOLIDAY

The Federal Government has declared Tuesday October 19, Public Holiday to mark the Islamic festival of Eid-il-Maulud, a “commemoration of the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him)”.

Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, through a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Dr Shuaib Belgore.

Aregbesola congratulated the Muslim faithful both at home and in the diaspora for witnessing this year’s occasion.

SUSPECTED OIL THIEVES BURNT TO DEATH

No fewer than seven suspected smugglers of petroleum products have been reported burnt to death in a petroleum tanker fire outbreak in Mubi Local Government Area of Adamawa.

Mubi is a commercial nerve of Adamawa and it is bordering with the Republic of Cameroon.

An eyes witness, Alhaji Mansur Bala, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the incident occurred in the early hours of Wednesday.

Bala said that the fire brokeout when the deceased were transferring petroleum products from a tanker to over 1,000 plastic jerricans at a filling station.

Another eyewitness, Malam Iliya Haruna, told NAN that he counted seven death bodies that were burnt beyond recognition.

Haruna said that among the death bodies were two paternal brothers who were well known in petroleum business in Mubi.

Dr Mohammed Sulaiman, the Executive Secretary, Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency (ADSEMA) has confirmed the incident.

Sulaiman however said that only three people were killed in the incident, while two sustained various degrees of injuries.

“The petroleum tanker fire incident occurred in the early hours of Wednesday at about 1.30 a. m.

“So far, three people lost their lives and two sustained injuries from fire burns and they are receiving medical treatment at the Mubi General Hospital,” Sulaiman said.

He said property worth millions of naira were also destroyed by the fire.

The executive secretary, therefore, advised petroleum products dealers in the state to as matter of safety avoid operation during odd hours. (NAN)

COURT FINES FANI-KAYODE, THREATENS TO REVOKE BAIL

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday ordered a former Minister of Aviation Femi Fani-Kayode to pay a fine of N200,000 for being absent from court for his re-arraignment, on the excuse of having a bed rest

when the matter came up for hearing on Wednesday, prosecution counsel Mrs. Bilikisu Buhari informed the court that second defendant Fani-Kayode was not in court to take his plea, the prosecutor prayed the court to revoke Fani-Kayode’s bail earlier granted him by the court.

F. B. Ajudua, who is Counsel to Fani-Kayode, prayed the court to decline the application, on the grounds that the defendant had sent in a letter explaining the reason for his absence.

Ajudua told the Court that Fani-Kayode, he is on ‘bed rest’, at Kubwa General Hospital, Abuja, emphasizing that this was Fani-Kayode’s first absence from Court since the matter commenced in 2016.

Having gone through the Court’s record booked, Hon. Justice Osiagor noted that, contrary to the lawyer’s Fani-Kayode had been absent from court five times as against his Counsel’s claim.

Hon. Justice Osiagor then ordered Fani-Kayode’s to pay a fine of N200, 000(two hundred thousand naira) before the next adjourned date, else the Court will revoke his bail and Fani-Kayode’s Counsel opted for the fine.

The defendants’ arraignment was consequently adjourned to 30th November 2021.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, filed a charge marked FHC/L/C/251c/2016, against Fani-Kayode and others for money laundering related charges.

Count one of the charge reads: “That you, Nnenadi Esther Usman, Femi Fani-Kayode, Danjuma Yusuf and Jointrust Dimentions Nigeria LTd, on or about the 8th day of January, 2015, conspired amongst yourselves to indirectly retain the sum of N1.5Billion, which sum you reasonably ought to have known forms part of the proceeds of an unlawful act to wit: stealing.

Cunt 17 reads: “That you Femi Fani-Kayode and Olubode Oke (still at large) on or about the 12th day of February,2015 in Lagos, without going through a financial institution made cash payment in the sum of N6million to Paste Poster Co (PPC) of 125, Lewis Street, Lagos Island, Lagos which sum exceeded the amount authorised by Law and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(a), Section 16(d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2012 and punishable under Section 16(2)(b) of the same Act.

The offences according to the anti-graft agency contravened sections 1(a), 15(2)(d), 16(d), 18(a), 16(d) 18(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2012 and punishable under Section 15(3), 16(2)(b) and 4 of the same Act.

UNKNOWN VIGILANTE ATTACKS EDO POLICE WHILE RESCUING CHILDREN KIDNAPPED BY HOUSEMAID

Some hoodlums, suspected to be members of a yet to be identified vigilante group have attacked men of the Edo State Police Command who were on a mission to rescue two children stolen in Lagos State and brought to Benin City by a housemaid.

The State Police Public Relations Officer, Bello
Kontongs, who disclosed this in a statement on Saturday, August 28, said operatives, however, rescued the victims who were between 2 and 4 years old respectively.

He stated that Operatives of the Command also arrested the 21-year-old househelp, Precious Mmaduike, who on 23rd August, 2021, allegedly abducted David lbe, 4, and Chizaram, 2, both children of her employer, Mr lbe Phenasus of No. 31 Balogun kuku street, Aguda
Surulere in Lagos State.


The statement said the housemaid was arrested alongside two other suspects; Jane Osas, 35 and 45-year-old John Obasu.


“According to the complainant who also is the father of the children, at about 08:45hrs, his children were given N500 by his wife to buy biscuit outside the compound in Lagos in the company of their housemaid.

“They waited for them to return but they were not forthcoming.

The phone of the housemaid was switched off, all efforts in search of the children and
housemaid proved abortive.

That was when the father immediately reported the situation to Aguda Police Station, Lagos, where it was discovered that the last location of the housemaid before she switched off her mobile was in Benin city, Edo State.

“The complainant decided to come to the police in Edo State for assistance.

Men of the Anti-Kidnapping and Cyber Crime Unit of Edo State Police Command immediately commenced
investigation.

“With the aid of the information gathered from the origin of the abduction and field assets, the
abducted children were rescued on 26/08/2021 at about 1730hrs by the
operatives of the Edo State Police Command, Benin city in a very remote area at Upper Ekewan Road, Benin City with the housemaid and a woman she came to visit with the children.

“The housemaid who met the woman on the internet claimed that the two children belonged to her and they came to Benin City for visit but unknown to the woman that the children are not for her.

The woman had bought gift items and other properties for the children and are currently with the police, the PPRO explained.

According to Kontongs, “while the operatives were on their way to the State Command in Benin city with the rescued children, the suspects and two other children found in the
house, the husband of the woman, one Joseph Obaze raised alarm of kidnapping against the police Operatives which attracted a group of unknown vigilante members who blocked the road”

“The Police Operatives identified themselves to the unknown vigilante group but they went ahead to attack the police operatives with all kinds of weapons, causing bodily injuries to some policemen.”

“Before reinforcement could arrive at the scene, the vigilante group had escaped to an unknown destination.

Efforts are in place by the command to apprehend the vigilante leader and his gang members that attacked the police operatives” the statement disclosed.


The statement added that the Commissioner of Police enjoined all law abiding members of the public to go about their lawful businesses, noting that the command would not allow miscreants in the name of
vigilante group to take over the public space.

“For the police to achieve its mandate of protecting lives and property, the CP enjoins the public to continue to provide useful information to the police about criminals and their activities” Kontongs stated.

…AND THE GUITAR BOY GOES HOME

It was a sad day for Edo people, Nigerians and the world at large as the news of the death of a musical Maestro, Sir, Prof., Victor Efosa Uwaifo, MON, JP, filtered in.

At first, it was a mere rumour until a nephew of his, Uwaifo Peter The
Rock, a gospel singer, broke the news on Facebook Saturday evening as he wrote:

“Daddy whyyyyyyyyyy. Did you leave us now

Prof sir Victor UWAIFO has gone to rest

Black Saturday for me now.

One week now after
collaborating with me.”

WE WILL HUNT YOU DOWN: BIDEN ADDRESSES U S. ATTACK IN AFGHANISTAN

President Biden spoke to Americans on Thursday, nearly nine hours after
the first attack on the Abbey Gate at the Kabul airport, after being MIA all day.

“It’s been a tough day,” Biden began, adding that he’s “been engaged all day in constant contact with military commanders” in the Pentagon and Department of Defense.

Biden’s affect was flat throughout the speech, except for a few moments
when he read some tough-talk off the
teleprompter.

He stumbled badly in the first few minutes of the address to the nation, sounding more defeated
and confused than resolute.

He acknowledged that “the situation on the ground is still evolving,” but said the American service members who gave their lives “were heroes”

“They were part of an airlift and evacuation effort unlike anything in history”

He didn’t mention that the devastating events on the ground were caused by his failed leadership.

He said the soldiers who died on Thursday were part of “the bravest, most selfless military on the face of the earth… the spine of America, the best the country has to offer” Jill and I, our hearts ache” he said, showing no emotion.

“We’re outraged as well as heartbroken.”

As Biden usually does when he faces criticism, he trotted out his deceased son Beau, bizarrely suggesting that his son’s cancer was somehow the result of his military service.

He said he was devastated “when Beaul came home after a year in Iraq and was diagnosed, like many, many coming home, with an aggressive cancer of the brain, who we lost”

“You get this feeling like you’re being sucked into a black hole in the middle of your chest and there’s no way out” he reflected.

He then turned his attention to the attackers.

“To those who carried out
this attack, we will not forgive, we will not forget, We will hunt you down and make you pay,” he said, vowing to use “every measure at my command.

“We must complete this mission and we will” he said, referring to the evacuation. “And that’s what l’ve ordered them to do”

“We will respond with force and precision at our time, at the place we choose, at the moment of our choosing.

“These ISIS terrorists will not win.

We will rescue the Americans in there.

We will get our Afghan allies out’ he vowed. “America will not be intimidated”

He revealed that there had been “complete unanimity” among his military commanders concerning the hasty evacuation.

“I granted every request from military commanders”

“We have so much to do. It’s in our capacity to do it”‘ he said.

We just have to remain steadfast”

Asked whether he will send additional troops to Afghanistan, he replied, “l’ve instructed the military, whatever they need, if they need additional force, will grant it”

He explained that the Taliban “subscribe to the mission as defined to get as many people out as we can” before the deadline.

Regarding whether his mistakes were responsible for the devastating events
of the last week, he said, “No, I don’t.

Look, I think Gen. McKenzie handled this very well. The fact is, we weren’t in a situation, we inherited a situation”

Shockingly, he said that members of the Taliban-the same folks beheading people across Afghanistan-“are moving back the perimeter, stopping vehicles, and searching people” suggesting that that was a good thing.

But don’t worry, because “they’re acting in their interest… no one trusts them.

We’re just counting on their self-interest to continue to generate their activities.

It’s in their self-interest that we leave when we said and that
we get as many people out as we can.”

“It’s not a matter of trust, it’s a matter of mutual self-interest” he again
insisted.

“There’s no evidence thus
far, that I’ve been given… that there has been collusion between the Taliban and ISIS in carrying out what
happened today”

The president said the evacuation is “expected to continue beyond today”

Asked how he can justify putting more troops in harm’s way, he gave an incoherent answer.

“What America says matters.

What we say we’re going to do in the context in which
we say we’re going to do it, that we do it, unless something exceptional
changes.”

“They’re not good guys, the Taliban” he reiterated.

“Im not suggesting that at all. But they have a keen interest… they’d very much Iike to see how they can keep the airport open.. and maintain what is a portion of the economy that is not robust but fundamentally different than it had been”

Asked whether it was a mistake to abandon Bagram Air Base, he said that in the “best military judgment” of his commanders, “they concluded, the military, that Bagram was not much value added, that it was much better to focus on Kabul and so I focused on that recommendation”

“1 bear responsibility for fundamentally all that’s happened of late” he
confessed, but then blamed former President Trump.

“Here’s the deal… you know as well as I do that a former president made a deal with the Taliban to get all forces out of Afghanistan”

“There is a reason why there were no attacks on Americans on the date until I came into office was because the commitment was made by President
Trump, 1 will be out by May 1st.

In the meantime, you agree not to attack any Americans! That was the deal.

That’s why no Americans were attacked”

Ladies and gentlemen, it was time to end a 20-year war” Biden concluded.