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we’ll help Nigeria track killers of embassy officials, policemen – US govt



The United States Government has promised to help Nigeria apprehend the killers of its officials and two police officers in Anambra.

A gang of unknown assailants on Tuesday attacked a motorcade of two U.S. government vehicles in the Ogbaru Local Government Area.

The convoy was carrying 9 Nigerian nationals, five employees of the U.S. Mission and four members of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).

The delegation was traveling in advance of a planned visit to a flood response project in Anambra sponsored by the American government.

A statement the consulate issued Wednesday night quoted Secretary of State, Antony Blinken saying America doesn’t yet know the motive for the attack and if it was targeted against the Mission.

“The assailants killed at least four members of the convoy. U.S. agencies are collaborating with Nigerian counterparts to ascertain the location and condition of victims unaccounted for.

“We condemn in the strongest terms this attack. We will work closely with our Nigerian law enforcement colleagues in seeking to bring those responsible to justice,” Blinken promised.

The U.S. said it has no greater priority than the safety and security of its personnel, expressing heartfelt condolences to the families of those killed in the attack.

The statement further reaffirmed America’s strong commitment to the people of Nigeria to assist in the fight against violence and insecurity

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Again, court summons Kwara traditional ruler



Again, court summons Kwara traditional ruler

An Ilorin Upper Area Court on Wednesday re-issued an order of summon against the traditional ruler of Alarandun of Arandun, Ibikunle Adekanye for allegedly threatened the life of Alhaji Ibrahim Ibuoye.

Justice Abdulganiyu Mustapha, gave the order after Counsel to Ibuoye, Mr Olumide Oniyire, told the court to take note of the defendant’s disobedience to the court order of summons.

The presiding judge also transferred the case to an Upper Area Court in Oloje, Kwara.

Earlier, Oniyire said that the defendant’s counsel, Mr Olasehinde Adeseko was deploying tactics of writing petitiosn to the Chief Judge of Kwara against the court, seekinga transfer of the case to another court, citing allegations of bias.

He prayed the court not to transfer the case until allegations of bias is proven by the defendant’s counsel .

Adeseko, on his part, asked the court to discountenance the submission of Oniyire.

Ibuoye had accused the traditional ruler of illegally demolishing the ancient palace. He also alleged that the traditional ruler renamed the place with a name that had no historical significance.

He alleged that the action was an effort to erase his father’s name, Oba Ibuoye, the first community traditional ruler from history

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[BREAKING] Timothy Adegoke: Court Sentences Adedoyin To Death By Hanging



Osun State High Court has found the popular hotel owner, Dr Ramon Adedoyin guilty in the murder case of Timothy Adegoke, a former master’s degree student of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, whose death occurred between November 5 and 7, 2021, at Hilton Honours Hotel, Ile-Ife.

The Osun Chief Judge, Adepele Ojo, while delivering her judgement on the case, held that the circumstantial evidence available to the court, pointed to the killing of Adegoke while being a guest at the hotel owned by Adedoyin.

According to her, Adedoyin’s decision not to enter the witness box did not help him, as the circumstantial evidence had shifted the burden of proof on him.

Justice Ojo also said Adedoyin’s decision not to enter the witness box meant he agreed to the murder charge pressed against him by the prosecution, dismissing the alibi pleaded on his behalf by his counsel, who said the hotel owner was in Abuja for many days around the time the death of the late Adegoke occurred.


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South-West NURTW passes ‘vote of no confidence’ on President, Baruwa



The National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in the South-West has descried the “maladministration” of its National President, Tajudeen Baruwa, that led to the suspension of the activities of the union in five out of the six states in the zone.

Leaders of the union in the region on Wednesday converged on the union’s zonal secretariat in Osogbo for a meeting where they passed a “vote of no confidence” on Baruwa.

They, however, endorsed a former chairman of the NURTW in Lagos State, Tajudeen Agbede, as the sole candidate for the congress of the union in July.

The zonal leaders described as “illegal”, plans by Baruwa to hold a zonal conference this week, stating that the matter is in court.

According to them, efforts made by leaders to ensure that he (Baruwa) runs the union in line with the constitution failed.

While throwing their weight behind Agbede as his successor, the union’s founding members said the continued stay in office of Baruwa will further damage the union.

Speaking with newsmen, one of the leaders, Elder Samuel Jonah, said the South-West made a mistake in nominating Baruwa as “our representative from the zone to the position of president of our great union.”

Jonah said: “It was the turn of the South-West to produce the presidential candidate, and we made the mistake of supporting him then. But four years down the line, Baruwa has destroyed the union by imposing his own candidate against the wish of the majority and running the union with impurity.

“It is unfortunate that he (Baruwa) has been trying to manipulate some disgruntled elements to endorse him for second term. We, the major stakeholders from the South-West are saying ‘enough is enough. We cannot tolerate his poor leadership style. He should not be allowed to continue to wreak more havoc on our union.

“We have all agreed to withdraw our support for him. He is no longer representing our zone. Baruwa was a mistake we made four years ago and we are correcting ourselves now.”

Meanwhile, Special Adviser to the Osun State Governor on Security Matters, Samuel Ojo, has written to the state Commissioner of Police to prevent the zonal election organised by a faction of the union.

In the letter, Ojo said the court has not given the final verdict on a pending litigation and this might cause crisis among members of the NURTW in the state.

He said: “Since the case has been in the court, there is non-existence of the National Union of Road Transport Workers in the states of Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Osun and Ondo. The elected officials have been suspended/dissolved till the issue is addressed by the court.

“In view of the above, kindly use your good office to provide adequate security in the state to prevent election to be conducted by some factions of NURTW that might cause breakdown of law, peace and order in the state.”

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