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My life is in danger, says Gani Adams’ ex-aide



Segun Akanni, who is the immediate past personal assistant to the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Otunba Gani Adams, has raised the alarm over alleged plans to eliminate him.

Akanni also posted a video of how he was attacked at Mobil Filling Station at Gbagada on Wednesday by certain elements suspected to be members of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), a pan Yoruba ethnic/cultural organisation, which was co-founded by the late Dr. Fredrick Fasheun and Adams in the late 90s.

His statement, ‘My life is in danger!, which he posted on his Facebook page at the wee hour of yesterday, is presently generating reactions from friends and loved ones, especially those who knew his activities in OPC, where he was initially a personal assistant to Adams and later as an aide to the office of the Aare Ona Kakanfo.

But, Adams has absolved himself of the allegation, saying Akanni was suffering from irrelevance after being sacked from the group.

Akanni confirmed his Facebook post and also shared a video of the alleged attack.

Speaking with news men early yesterday, Akanni said he had gone to meet an old friend at the Mobil Filling Station in Gbagada when some hoodlums suddenly emerged from nowhere and attacked him.

“I have a strong feeling some people are after my life. I do not know what I did to them,” Akanni told news men.

‘I have fixed an appointment with an old friend at Mobil Filling Station in Gbagada. Unfortunately, my car was not in good condition but I had to manage it there.

“On getting to the place, I met this old friend and after exchanging pleasantries, we were both examining the car I brought because I complained to my friend how the wheels of the car were unstable. Suddenly, a group of men emerged from nowhere. They started calling me ‘ole! ole!! (thief), traitor’. They started chasing me all around. One of them brought out a tyre and wanted to set me ablaze. I had to run across the express to the police station at the opposite direction.  It was the policemen on duty that eventually rescued me and led me back to the filling station to pick my car.”

Adams challenged Akanni to take his case to the police for investigation.

He said: “Since he (Akanni) knows those who attacked him, why can’t he inform the same police that rescued him to arrest and investigate those who attacked him?”

“Why should I attack him? I’ve watched the video several times over. The attack took place in Gbagada, I live in Omole here. To get to Gbagada from here is no child’s play.

“We are a peace-loving people. I remember Some of our members left us in 2005, and 2007, did we victimize or attack them? “



Soldier, two NSCDC operatives shot dead in Rivers



A soldier and two operatives of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) were shot dead on Sunday following a gun duel with suspected militants in Rivers.

The security operatives were killed and their weapons carted away while preventing militants from vandalising an oil and gas facility in Gio community, Tai area of Rivers.

Col. Aminu Iliyasu, the spokesman of the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army in Port Harcourt, confirmed the killings in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday.

“The suspected militants attacked troops of 29 Battalion, 6 Division, with personnel of NSCDC in the early hours of Sunday.

“The team which was guarding Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) Trans National Pipelines (TNP) in Gio community prevented the militants from vandalising 24 and 28 of the TNP.

“Unfortunately, during the ensuing gunfire, one soldier and two personnel of NSCDC lost their lives and their weapons, one AK 47 and two G3 rifles, carted away by the assailants,” he said.

Iliyasu said the army later deployed more troops to the area with intent to apprehend the fleeing militants as well as other criminals in the community.

He said the cordon and search operation led to another gun duel with alleged cultists and an oil bunkering kingpin wanted by security agencies in the state.

The spokesman said Korobe Menele, a prime suspect in the killing of the security operatives, was shot dead in the gun duel with troops.

“At about 9 a.m. on Sunday, troops acting on reliable intelligence sighted a white Toyota Hilux that was without number plate. The vehicle was hastily driven with four occupants.

“Efforts to stop the vehicle by troops at a check point were ignored. However, troops chased the speeding vehicle and caught up with it around Kira Junction, along Ken Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic.

“Sensing danger, the occupants opened fire at troops in a bid to escape. But, troops reacted and incapacitated the militants vehicle.

“Thereafter, they abandoned their vehicle and fled into the bush. However, one of the criminals was gunned down and was later identified as Korob Menele, a notorious cultist and oil bunkering kingpin,” he said.

Iliyasu said troops were currently on the trail of the three other fleeing suspects who had sustained gunshot injuries during the exchange of gunfire with soldiers.

He listed items recovered from the vehicle as one K2 rifle, two magazines with 52 rounds of 5.56mm one number plate, KRK 95DP Rivers, and some personal effects, including documents.

According to him, the body of the suspected cultist and recovered items had been handed over to NSCDC for further action.

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Boko Haram suicide bombing in Konduga kills 17



A triple suicide bombing by Boko Haram jihadists killed 17 people in the northeastern Nigerian town of Konduga, emergency services said Monday.

Three bombers detonated their explosives outside a location where football fans were watching a match on TV on Sunday evening, they said.

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Buhari urges universities to intensify inventions to assist national development



President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday urged universities to intensify efforts at making discoveries and inventions that can assist the development of the country.

Buhari made the call in Dutsinma, Katsina State, in a goodwill message to the fourth convocation of the Federal University,  Dutsinma (FUDMA).

Represented by Professor Hafiz Abubakar, the former Deputy Governor of Kano State, Buhari said that part of the speech would serve as a wake-up call to the nation’s universities.

“Research, critical thinking, moral dispositions, discoveries and inventions should find natural habitats in our universities, as they do in several other universities in the world.

“Universities are supposed to be strong drivers of the country’s development initiatives for sustainable development,” he said.

He challenged the universities for being slow in aspects of discoveries and inventions.

“It is not heart-warming that in our over 58 years of independence, Nigerian universities are slow in discoveries and inventions,” he said.

He, however, said that his administration would continue to do everything possible to improve structures and facilities in the institutions, and to enhance learning by training the required manpower through various interventions like TETFUND.

Buhari also urged FUDMA to partner with Sokoto River Basin Development Authority to produce improved agricultural varieties and give the required scientific and extension support to the local farmers.

He said that this would enhance the farmers’ productivity and economic viability.

In his remarks, the acting Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Adamu Baba-Kutigi, said that 430 students were graduating from the institution for the 2017/2018 session.

According to him, the university, whose vision is to be among the top-ranking universities in the world, has seven faculties that run about 40 programmes.

He disclosed that the institution had established micro finance bank, university farm, printing press and a shopping mall to enhance its internally generated revenue.

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