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Obasanjo Travels To Benin Republic, Seeks Soft Landing For Igboho

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo was in Benin Republic in the first week of August, 2021, TheCable has learnt.

Top sources in the diplomatic circle told TheCable the former president travelled to Zanzibar, an island in Tanzania, on August 1 and rerouted to the Francophone country.

He was said to have travelled to Benin Republic in the guise of condoling with Nicephore Soglo who recently lost his wife – Roseline Soglo.

Roseline died on July 25 at the age of 87 in Cotonou.

Soglo was president of Benin Republic from 1991 to 1996.

TheCable understands the former Beninise president and Obasanjo have maintained a warm relationship over the years.

Soglo is one of the African leaders who intervened at the time the Abacha regime arrested and jailed Obasanjo in 1995.

“Former President Obasanjo travelled to Zanzibar on August 1. Perhaps to conceal his trip; he rerouted to Benin Republic,” one of the sources said.

“He was to condole with former President Soglo who recently lost his wife.”

Another source who was also privy to Obasanjo’s trip said: “He also met with Patrice Talon. The purpose of the meeting was to seek soft-landing for Sunday Igboho.

“He’s asking the Beninise authorities to grant the separatist leader asylum, and not to return him to Nigeria.

“The former president intervened on the request of some south-west leaders.”

Igboho was arrested by Beninise security forces while attempting to flee to Germany.

The Department of State Services (DSS) raided his residence in Oyo on July 1, killing two people and arresting 12 of his supporters.

He has been in detention in Cotonou since his arrest.

An aide of Obasanjo confirmed the former president was in Benin Republic.

TheCable learnt Obasanjo returned to Nigeria by road through Idiroko land border in Ogun state.

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Birthday Anniversary: Gov AbdulRazaq Rejoice With Deputy Speaker Adetiba

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Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has congratulated the Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly Hon. Raphael Adetiba on his birthday anniversary, wishing him many more years in sound health.

 

In a statement on Monday, the Governor described the Deputy Speaker as a great party man and a pillar of the Ninth Assembly with a track record of working with his colleagues to strengthen good governance.

 

“I send my best wishes to Hon. Adetiba and his family as he celebrates his birthday today,” the Governor said in the statement.

 

“I pray the Almighty God to continue to bless the vibrant lawmaker who, like his colleagues in the Assembly, stands for the success of the Otoge administration at all times. I wish him many more years of happiness and good health.”

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Just In: Aregbesola Gives Fresh Order To Prisons Officers Over Jailbreak

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The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, on Monday, ordered prisons officers to shoot dead anybody who attempts to attack any correctional centre in the country.

The minister gave this order while inspecting the facility at the Agodi Custodial Centre, Ibadan.

He said the officer must make it impossible for anyone to penetrate the facility because it is a red zone.

The minister said any attempt to attack correctional centres should be a suicide attempt and perpetrators must not be allowed to live to tell the story.

Aregbesola said any attack on any correctional centre is an attack on the state and such must never be allowed again

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Osun: Woman Delivers Triplet While Husband Is In Prison

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A 25-year-old who delivered a triplet in Ede, Osun State, Abdul Lateef Aminat, has appealed to Nigerians for help to pay hospital bills and buy medicines prescribed for her by Doctor.

 

Amina who delivered three boys on Tuesday 12th January 2022, through a Caesarean Section (CS), lamented that the joy that came to her turned to sadness because of her husband who has been in prison for about seven months.

 

Speaking with our correspondent, the woman stated that she got to know of her pregnancy after her husband has been sent to jail.

 

Though she refused to disclose the nature of the offence that led her husband to jail, Aminat said her husband was doing aluminium work before he had the problem.

 

She explained that she was happy when she learnt that the three boys were hale and hearty, saying the condition of her husband added sadness to her joy.

 

“I was sad the day I was told that I was carrying three children. I have been managing and coping. My sadness increased when I was told that one of the children is bending. I was told that I won’t be able to deliver the baby myself except with a Caesarean Section (CS). I was not happy since then. I was afraid because this is my firstborn.

 

“The day I was asked to come for the operation, there was no money to deposit. The family of my husband have spent so much on their son. They didn’t have money. My family also did not have money.

 

“It was as if people helped us to collect alms so that we can make deposits for the operation. We were able to deposit N30,000 out of N70,000 they asked us to deposit.”

 

The mother of three lamented that she could not afford the medicine prescribed for her and the hospital bill has not been settled.

 

She explained that she has learnt how to sell medicine at a chemist but could not raise money to start her shop.

 

The mother of the triplet appealed to philanthropists in the country to help her with the payment of the hospital bills and the medicine prescribed for her by the Doctor.

 

Efforts to speak with the management of the hospital in Ede proved futile as a Nurse on duty said only the Doctor can speak to the press.

 

She said the remaining balance of the hospital would be made known to the woman when she is ready and fit to go home.

 

The Sun Nigeria

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