Kwarans In Abuja Hold O To Ge Rally, Endorse APC’s AbdulRazaq

Thousands of Kwarans living in the Nigerian capital Abuja on Tuesday held a rally in support of the Kwara APC governorship candidate AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, saying it was time the state was liberated politically. 

The rally came barely two weeks after thousands of Kwarans in Lagos State held a conference unanimously endorsing AbdulRazaq and other APC candidates back home.  

The Abuja rally was attended by Kwarans who carried placards with various inscriptions like ‘Enough is Enough’; ‘O To Ge’; ‘Kwara Must Be Free’. Attendees included Kwara’s young turks like House of Representatives member Hon Tunji Olawuyi Ajuloopin; Hon. Kokori Abdul; Arch. Nurudeen Quadri; Hon. Akaje Ibrahim; Alh. Nurudeen Sanni; Barr. Tairu Adebayo; Barr. Mumeen Hanafi; Barr. Abdul-Majeed Oloriegbe; Hon. Tijani Ismail; Mr Abdullahi Bolakale; Hon. Abel Olatunji Akayejo; Hon. Ahmed Ndakene; and Alhaji Tajudeen Kareem, a former press secretary to former Governor Bukola Saraki. 

Muhammad Brimah, a special assistant to the Vice President, also attended the rally.

Kwara APC deputy governorship candidate Kayode Alabi, who represented AbdulRazaq, thanked the organisers of the rally and the attendees for standing up to be counted.

“I urge you all to support Alhaji AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq and all APC candidates in Kwara. He’s a contented man. He’s ready to fix Kwara and, with your support, we are hoping to get the freedom we deserve in our state this year,” Alabi told the rally.

“We call on all Kwarans everywhere who are registered voters in Kwara to come back home to vote. If you are not registered to vote here, you should back home to canvass for votes. There is no better time than now.”

Ajuloopin, who recently won the House of Representatives rerun poll in Kwara south on the platform of the APC, expressed similar sentiment.

“This is the time to liberate our people politically.  O To Ge is a revolution whose time has come and no human being can stop it. I urge all of you to return home to vote. If you don’t have a voter’s card, please come home and be our canvassers,” he said.

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FCT Police Command Parades 16 Suspected Ritualists

The Nigeria Police force has paraded 16 suspected kidnappers and ritualists in Abuja

The Force Public Relations Officer, Deputy Commissioner Of Police, Jimoh Moshood, while parading the suspects in Abuja vowed that the suspects will be prosecuted, once found guilty by a court of law.

DCP Moshood said the suspects confessed to killing and butchering their victims after kidnapping them.

He added that the suspects also confessed to delivering the body parts of their victims to sponsors who give them huge sums of money in return.

“During interrogation, the gang leader Yakubu Hamidu and his member now in Police custody confessed to the crime and admitted that they were responsible and working for Alhaji Ibrahim Alli aka Allims and Alhaji Sharibu Adamu aka Aye Marina whom they hand over the body parts to after killing their victims severing the body parts,” he said.

According to him, the suspects confessed to have killed several persons in Ankpa, Kogi State including a Police Inspector attached to Ejule Police Outpost in Ofu Local Government Area of the state.

He has been responsible for ritual killing attacks on innocent residents of kogi state.

He said other suspects linked to the crime but still at large will be arrested and prosecuted.

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FCT APC Chairman, Aspirant In Alleged Move To Manipulate Primaries Election

Fresh facts have emerged detailing how Mr. Abdulmalik, Chairman of the Abuja Chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), and another aspirant are scheming to manipulate the primaries to elect Senatorial candidate for the party, and write the result in favour of another aspirant, Mr. Zakari Angulu.

Recall that the primaries election conducted last Friday in Abuja, was declared inconclusive by one Mr. Benjamin, Chairman of the Committee assigned to conduct the election.  Findings further revealed there was no election as results were allegedly written by some members of the committee for some favoured aspirants.

A source who spoke under the condition of anonymity further disclosed that a serving Minster of the federation (name withheld), and a member of the National Working Committee (NWC), may be behind the move.

Details shortly…

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U.S. Embassy In Abuja To Resume Full Services On August 24

The United States Embassy in Abuja will resume full services on August 24 for both visas and American Citizen Services (ACS).

The embassy made the announcement on Monday, noting, however, that consular functions at the U.S. Consulate Lagos, were never affected and will continue as usual.

It said, “We regret the inconvenience this interruption of service in Abuja has caused.

“Visa and ACS applicants with scheduled appointments for August 24 should come to the Embassy, as usual.

“Visa and ACS applicants with cancelled appointments between August 13 and August 23 will be contacted by the Embassy for rescheduling.

“Visa and ACS applicants who were requested by an officer to appear again for follow-up questions on existing applications should contact our office to arrange a new date,” the embassy said.

The U.S. Embassy in the country had announced the suspension of its consular services in Abuja on Tuesday last week.

Although no reason was given for the decision, the embassy had said, because of the development, it would be temporarily unable to provide regular services for visa and American Citizen Services in Abuja.

Once full activities resume in Abuja on Friday, the embassy assured those who submitted a passport through the Interview Waiver Programme for visa renewal, that their applications would be processed as soon as possible.

The embassy also announced that if any applications had already been approved, they would be mailed out (as normal) on the next available DHL shipment to the listed addresses.

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FCT Commences Investigation Into Collapsed Building

The Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA says it will soon commence investigation into the recently collapsed Jabi building in the nation’s capital, Abuja.

The Co-ordinator, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council, AMMC, Mr Umar Shuaibu said this while briefing journalists at the site of the collapsed building on Saturday in Abuja.

Mr Shuaibu said six persons had been rescued with various degrees of injuries and had been rushed to a nearby hospital, with one death recorded so far.

He described the incidence as unfortunate and assured that adequate measures would be taken to prevent any future occurrence.

“This is an accident. What happened is an unfortunate incidence. We have this kind of building collapse occurrence all over the world, not only in Nigeria.

“We are going to start our investigations now; we are going to take adequate measures to prevent any future occurrence.

“We have passed the first phase, the next phase is evacuating these rubbles and we implore the general public not to be here.

“There are so many scavengers around, so we are going to instruct security agencies that anybody they catch around this area should be arrested,’’ he said.

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Abuja Collapsed Building: Relevant Agencies Will Ensure Rescue Operations, Says Acting President Osinbajo

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has described the collapse of a four-storey building in Jabi/Utako area of Abuja, Federal Capital Territory, as an unfortunate incident, and assured that that all the relevant public agencies are on ground to ensure rescue operations are effectively carried out.

Prof. Osinbajo said this when he visited the scene of the collapsed building in Utako area of the Federal Capital Territory earlier today. The building said to be under construction before the incident, collapsed earlier this afternoon.

Speaking to the media afterwards, Prof. Osinbajo commiserated with relatives of those who may have died and those injured. He also hoped that who may still be trapped under the building would be rescued. The Acting President also assured that rescue operations are underway.

Prof Osinbajo said, “First, I want to say the collapse of this building is a very unfortunate incident. As you know, it was a building under construction. It appears to have collapsed a few hours ago. I think that the most important thing at the moment is that we have all of the relief, safety and emergency management agencies all here. NEMA is here, the FCT authorities are here, the Hon. Minister himself is here, the executive government is here.

“So, the whole process of ensuring that those who may be trapped under this collapsed building are rescued is well underway. As you can see, all of the emergency equipment, help movers and the equipment that are required, are here. There is enough for us to expect that they should at least be able to rescue anyone who may still be trapped in this building. I am quite satisfied so far with the level of the activities to ensure that this very unfortunate incident is not made worse by any loss of lives.”

The Acting President was accompanied to the site by the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha.

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US Embassy Suspends Abuja Consular Services

The United States Embassy has suspended consular services and appointments in its Abuja office till further notice.

The embassy explained that appointments for visa and for American citizen services have also been put on hold for the time being.

It, however, said that Consular operations in Lagos would not be affected, the mission said in a statement on its website, on Tuesday.

No reason was given for the decision.

The message read, “Until further notice, all consular appointments at the US Embassy in Abuja have temporarily ceased for both visa and for American Citizen Services.

“Consular functions in US Consulate Lagos are not affected and will continue. Scheduled visa and ACS applicants for Abuja will be contacted for rescheduling.”

The Embassy therefore directed American citizens in the northern part of the country, with emergency services needs, to continue to contact the after-hours emergency number for Abuja at 09461-4000 and press “0” to go to the operator to request assistance.

It said American citizens in the North with urgent travel needs and who are travelling before Tuesday and who are willing to re-schedule their travel through Lagos should contact the ACS office at Consulate Lagos ( 01460 3400 and to discuss their options.

The statement continued, “Those travelling after Tuesday should follow up with Abuja ACS to confirm their appointments closer to their appointment date.

“Please monitor the Facebook and Webpage of the US Embassy for a later announcement of resumed consular operations in Abuja,” the mission said.

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Police Nabs Phone Snatchers In Abuja

The Federal Capital Territory police command has arrested some members of a syndicate that specialises in snatching of mobile phones around black spots within the federal capital city.

A statement by the FCT police command’s public relations officer, Anjuguri Manza two of the suspects Obadiah Danjuma and Peter James from Mararaba in neigbouring Nasarawa state were arrested by police operatives while attempting to escape with a Samsung Note 8 duos phone through a canal.

The statement further stated that another phone snatcher Musa Mohammed was arrested by police operatives attached to the Wuse division of the command for stealing a phone at the popular ultra-modern market.

Following the arrest of Musa Mohammed a victim has come up to identify the suspect as one of the three persons who used dangerous weapons to inflict  injuries on him before robbing him of his phone and the sum of four hundred naira .

Efforts are being intensified to arrest other suspects who are still at large.

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Federal Capital Territory Opens Four New Districts In Abuja

the Nigerian Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCDA, says it has commenced the design of four new districts in the Federal Capital City with the Abuja master plan.

The Director of Land Administration Malam Adamu Jibrin Husssaini who said this in Abuja named the districts to include  Mamusa North, Mamusa East, Parfun North and Parfun South to take care of the deficit of planned plots in Abuja.

The Director who also supervised some facilities of the Abuja Geographics Information System, AGIS, Customer Service, said the inspection was to assess the staff preparedness to contain the influx of people expected to come and clear their outstanding Ground Rents and other Sundry Bills.

Malam Hussaini said the new districts with the thousands of plots to be generated would go a long way in relieving pressure on outstanding over 100,000 applications for different development purposes in the Federal Capital Territory.

“These plots would also be used to address cases of double and multiple allocations with its attendant effects of resolving outstanding litigations that would take off that burden on the FCT Administration,” he stated.

He said the FCT Administration would also use the medium to provide alternatives to people who have been allotted lands and whose titles were revoked for overriding public interest.

According to him, the detailed design of the four districts would ensure the expansion and opening up of planned districts.

“The detailed design would further ensure that the four districts are well connected with transportation network, water supply, sewerage, electrical power and telecommunication ducts, expected of modern city like Abuja”.

The Director also explained that the design of the four new districts in the Phase IV, south of the Federal Capital City, which was in consonance with the aspirations of the Abuja Master Plan would provide guidance for orderly development.

Malam Hussaini advised property owners in the territory to be responsive to clear their outstanding Ground Rents and other Sundry Bills, as government needs these funds to provide the needed infrastructure and other services.

These proposed four new districts are located in the southward end of the Federal Capital City and are bounded by Inner Southern Expressway (ISEX) to the North, Ring Road IV to the East and Outer Southern Expressway (OSEX) to the south.


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Abuja Expectant Mothers Say Ante-Natal Better In Public Hospitals

Some expectant mothers in the Abuja  have expressed preference for ante-natal and eventual delivery in public hospitals because of accessibility and cost.

The expectant mothers said  that government health facilities have more qualified personnel and equipment than private healthcare centres.

They also said that services at public hospitals were subsidised while private clinics charge higher fees.

Mrs Grace Ogbonna, an expectant mother, said that she registered in government hospital because it was better equipped than private health facilities.

According to her, some doctors, nurses, midwives and support staff in private hospitals demonstrate better discipline.

Madam Azumi Bola said that she prefers public healthcare centres because of moderate charges compared to the high rates in private hospitals.

She also said it was cheaper to register in a public hospital for ante-natal and deliver babies than private hospitals especially with the prevailing economic situation.

Another expectant mother, Mrs Anita Phillip, said she earlier wanted to patronise private hospitals, because they attend to people promptly.

Phillip however said that she was advised to register at the public hospital because of the availability of diverse medical experts with experience compared to what the private hospitals offer.

“Some of the private hospitals don’t even have a gynaecologist, not even a good scanning machine.

“They keep telling you go and do scanning outside and bring the result or they refer you somewhere to do the scan,’’ she said.


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Ten Killed In Abuja Multiple Accident

More than 10 people were feared dead and several others injured in a multiple accident in the Abuja-Keffi express way in the Federal Capital Territory on Friday.

Eyewitness report that a truck loaded with gravel had brake failure and was rudderless while trying to avoid an articulated vehicle. In the process, it crushed a woman and an Army personnel who were walking along the kerb and ran into a vehicle conveying soft drinks.

Bodies of some persons were trapped under truck.


Meanwhile, Road Safety Corps, Vehicle Inspection Officers, soldiers, Civil Defence, Police and the FCT Emergency Management Agency were at the scene to salvage the situation


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Abuja Gas Explosion Kills Three, Injures Two

Three people have been reportedly illed and two others left with various degrees of injury after a gas explosion occured in Zuba, Gwagwalada area council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Friday.

According to one of the eye witnesses who simply identified herself as Victoria, said “the incident happened at about 9 am on Friday when an apprentice of a welder brought their cylinder to refill. There were four persons in the gas shop, the wife and three apprentices.

“When the boy came to refill the gas, two of the gas attendants came to attend to him. As they were trying to refill, there was an error as the attendants tried to figure out the fault, the gas cylinder exploded and turned them into shreds with limbs scattered all over the place.”

The Divisional Police Officer, Zuba Area command , CSP Dankwano Welson confirmed the incident to newsmen, when they visited the headqarter of Zuba Area Police Command.

According to him, a distress call was received by the police and immediately they swang into action. On getting there, the gas had exploded, the victims bodies were seen scattered all over the place.

“We carried them and picked the shattered parts of their bodies and deposited them at Gwagwalada Teaching Hospital Mortuary, and the one that sustained injury to Diamond Crest Hospital.”

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