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JUST IN: 17 Soldiers Slain in Delta Arrive for Abuja Burial

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The bodies of the 17 soldiers who lost their lives in the Okuama community of Bomadi LGA, Delta State, have been transported to the military cemetery in Abuja for burial.

These military personnel, including a lieutenant colonel, two majors, one captain, and 12 soldiers, were killed during a “peacekeeping mission” in the Okuama community on March 14.

The bodies arrived at the cemetery in separate ambulances around 2:39 pm.

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Court Sets Date to Rule on Kanu’s Custody Change Request

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Justice Binta Nyako of the Abuja Federal High Court has scheduled May 20 as the date to rule on an application seeking the transfer of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader Nnamdi Kanu from the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).

The decision to fix the date for ruling came after arguments were heard on the application presented before the court.

Kanu’s lead counsel, Alloy Ejimakor, emphasized that transferring Kanu from DSS custody is crucial to ensuring an expedited hearing process, citing concerns that his continued detention could impede the court’s directive for swift proceedings.

Ejimakor proposed alternatives such as house arrest or similar custodial arrangements, highlighting past instances where such measures were implemented for other detainees like Sambo Dasuki and El-ZakZaky.

However, the prosecutor, Adegboyega Awolomo (SAN), countered the application, urging the court to dismiss it outright.

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Secondus Urges PDP Leaders to Counter Wike’s Influence

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Former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, has issued a stern advisory to party leaders, urging them to curtail the actions of Nyesom Wike, the Federal Capital Territory minister, who he alleges is exploiting the PDP to maintain relevance within President Bola Tinubu’s administration. Secondus, through his media adviser Ike Abonyi, cautioned PDP leaders against being swayed by Wike’s maneuvers, stressing the need to assert the party’s collective strength over individual interests. He emphasized that Wike’s political influence is waning and urged PDP leaders to focus on revitalizing the party’s stature.

In a statement, Secondus emphasized the importance of unity among PDP leaders gathering for the party’s 98th National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting. He urged them to prioritize efforts to rescue and restore the party’s prestige, warning against allowing Wike’s tactics to detract from the party’s objectives. Secondus accused Wike of attempting to fabricate internal crises within the party to bolster his own relevance, particularly in the eyes of President Tinubu.

Secondus criticized Wike’s alleged attempts to depict himself as engaged in a power struggle with prominent PDP figures like the party’s 2023 Presidential Candidate, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar. He suggested that Wike’s actions were driven by a desire to assert his influence within the PDP for his personal political interests, particularly within the All Progressives Congress (APC). Secondus urged PDP leaders to resist granting Wike undue significance, asserting that his political relevance is diminishing.

In his concluding remarks, Secondus called upon the party’s critical structures, including the NEC, Board of Trustees (BOT), National Caucus, Governors’ Forum, state chairmen, and National Assembly caucus, to unite against disruptive elements like Wike. He emphasized the need to isolate individuals seeking to sow discord within the party and impede its progress. Secondus urged PDP leaders to remain steadfast in their commitment to the party’s principles and refrain from elevating Wike’s status beyond what he deserves.

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JUST IN: Ganduje’s Ward Executives Deny Ex-Gov’s Suspension, Blame NNPP Members

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The All Progressives Congress executives in Dawakin Tofa Local Government and the Ganduje Ward Executive Committee members have refuted the alleged suspension of the party’s National Chairman, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, from the ruling party.

Alhaji Ahmed Koko, the Chairman of APC Ganduje Ward, dismissed the purported suspension, attributing it to non-APC members in the ward. Addressing a press conference in Kano, Koko clarified that those who announced the suspension were sponsored by the NNPP state government and were not registered APC members at any level.

Koko emphasized that the purported suspension holds no validity and will not affect the national chairman. He further stated that the Ward and Local Government Executives have identified the individuals responsible and are preparing to take legal action against them for impersonation and attempting to tarnish the party’s image and that of the National Chairman.

He urged all party members to ignore the purported suspension and maintain calmness amidst the situation.

Halliru Gwanjo, claiming to be the party’s ward legal adviser, had announced Ganduje’s suspension while addressing the press in Kano earlier.

In response, the Kano APC chapter’s State Working Committee suspended ward party leaders involved in Ganduje’s suspension. However, the Dawakin Tofa Local Government Area APC intervened, overturning the suspension and dismissing those responsible for attempting to suspend Ganduje. Chairman Inusa Dawanau highlighted that the individuals behind the suspension engaged in anti-party activities, with evidence of their meetings with the opposition surfacing.

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