Nigeria Today: Top 5 Headlines

9 January, 2019 | Akeem

Ambode Arrests Soldier for Driving Against Traffic

Akinwunmi Ambode, Lagos State Governor, on Tuesday 8th January, 2019 came down closely on some motorists who drove against traffic along the Muritala Muhammed Airport Road, Ikeja. He was particularly angry that one of the offenders, personnel of the Nigerian Army, who drove an SUV with number plate JJJ 290 AC, choose to blatantly contravene the law.

Ambode, on sighting the vehicle, alighted from his car and reprimanded the officer for showing a bad example to other motorist’s contrary to the discipline that the Nigerian Army was known for.

Ambode, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Habib Aruna, subsequently ordered that the vehicle be impounded and also directed that the offender be prosecuted in line with the provisions of the state traffic law.

 

Three Feared Killed as APC Begins Campaign in Lagos

Three persons were, yesterday 8th January, 2019, feared dead and scores injured including journalists, as hoodlums invaded the campaign flag-off of the All Progressives Congress, APC, held at Skypower Ground Ikeja in Lagos.

Trouble started around 1:30 p.m. as Governor Akinwunmi Ambode delivered his speech, which was interrupted by gunshots from hoodlums and security officials. It was followed by a stampede as people fled for their lives.

Despite the chaos, the governor continued his address and handed the microphone to the party’s candidate, Babajide Sanwo-Olu who excitedly delivered the vote of thanks.

The hoodlums took advantage of the confusion and robbed people of their phones, money and other valuables. An official of the National Union of Road and Transport Workers Union (NURTW) Musiliu Akinsanya (also known as Oluomo) was reportedly assaulted and wounded in the clash.

 

Awujale Confirms Abiodun As Amosun’s Successor

The Awujale and Paramount Ruler of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona, has declared his total support for the emergence of the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Prince Dapo Abiodun, as the successor of the incumbent, Senator Ibikunle Amosun.

The monarch made this declaration on Tuesday 8th January,2019 when he received Abiodun and his running-mate, Engr. (Mrs) Nimot Salako-Oyedele, who were led to his palace by the National Leader of the party and former governor of the state, Chief Olusegun Osoba.

The revered monarch said the next election was payback time for Abiodun who had contributed immensely to the development of Ijebuland at different times.

 Abiodun, in his statement, promised to ensure developmental projects are equally distributed among the three senatorial districts of the state if given the mandate to govern Ogun.

He further added that his administration would pay adequate attention to rural roads, while efforts would be geared towards revisiting the multi-million dollars Olokola deep-sea port and gas investment.

 

No Way for Tinubu in Kwara, says Saraki

The Senate president, Dr Bukola Saraki yesterday 8th January, 2019 said at the flag off campaign ceremony of the gubernatorial candidate of the party, Hon Abdulrazaq Atunwa, and other contestants of the party in Bode-Sad Moro local government area of Kwara state that there is no way for Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu to annex Kwara State.

Saraki, who begged the people of the state to forgive whoever among the PDP candidates that might have offended them previously one way or the other to forgive them and vote for all the candidates because of him, and the interest of the state.

He further added that “Kwara is a state in the northern region of the country and not in the South-west where Senator Tinubu has been allegedly tormenting the people of the zone. Those who are against us are not from here and they are outside north and by the grace of God, they will not have their way in Kwara during the 2019 elections”.

Also speaking,the Director General of the campaign, Professor Sulyman Abubakar said that, “the members of the PDP in Kwara state and entire people of the state have resolved to frustrate the Senator Tinubu’s threat to wrestle power in Kwara state for APC by all means”.

 

Tears as NAF Buries Helicopter Crash Victims

The remains of the five Nigerian Air Force combat crew, who lost their lives in a Mi-35M attack helicopter crash during an operation against Boko Haram insurgents, have been laid to rest.

The deceased officers and airmen were buried on Tuesday 8th January,2019 after the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadiq Abubakar, led colleagues, friends and family members to pay their last respect to the fallen personnel at the military cemetery along the Airport Road, Abuja.

The deceased were Flight Lieutenant Perowei Jacob (pilot), Flight Lieutenant Kaltho Kilyofas (co-pilot), Sergeant Auwal Ibrahim (flight technician), Lance Corporal Adamu Nura (gunner) and Aircraft Man Meshack Ishmael, also a gunner.

They were aboard an air force helicopter providing close air support for the ground troops from the 145 Battalion, Damasak in Borno State, when the crash occurred around 7.30pm on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

Abubakar consoled the families of the deceased, stating, “I know Nigerians everywhere join me in praying for you as you shoulder this heavy burden of grief. May time ease the searing pain of today and please note that the entire nation shares this grief with you. There can be no better consolation than the knowledge that the nation grieves with you on the loss of these amiable and patriotic Nigerians, who paid the supreme price in the course of their duty to the fatherland.”