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Ex-Imo speaker, Business man and others kidnapped

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A former Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Lawman Duruji, has been kidnapped.

Newsmen gathered that Duruji was kidnapped at Ehime Mbano LGA on Saturday at Oriagu while returning from a function.

A businessman popularly known as Ezzybee was also kidnapped in Owerri. Ezzybee was kidnapped on Sunday while on the way to watch a local football match.

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The wife of an ex-chairman of Okigwe Local Government Area, Frank Onwunere was also kidnapped.

Yet to be identified persons were also kidnapped at Okwelle junction in the Onuimo LGA of the state, and at the Umbomiri junction in the Mbaitoli and Amaraku in the Mbano Local Government Areas of the state.

These kidnappings took place separately between Saturday and Sunday in the state.

According to the police spokesperson, Micheal Abattam, “the command was on the trail of the kidnappers”

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Michael Abattam also disclosed that one of the kidnap victims at Ubomiri has been rescued by the police.

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Pakistan snowstorm: blizzard claims 22 lives

A tourist checks a damaged car stucked on a road following a blizzard that started on January 7 and led to visitors being trapped in vehicles along the roads to the resort hill town of Murree, some 70 Kms northeast of Islamabad. AFP
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At least 22 people, including 10 children, died in a popular mountain resort town in Pakistan after being stuck in their vehicles during a heavy snowstorm.

Most of the victims died of hypothermia. Officials said.

Locals, who were caught in the blizzard in Murree, questioned the weather conditions, according to them, they had not received any kind of warning from the government, Google, or even the news.

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Blizzard in Pakistan’s Murree

The mountain-perch town — 70 kilometres northeast of Islamabad — has long been a favourite for tourists, who swarmed to see vistas dusted with fresh snowfall this week.

Unfortunately, a blizzard hit the town on Friday, causing trees to fall down, blocking roads in and out of the town just north of the capital.

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Members of Pakistan’s Army take part in a rescue operation in a heavy snowfall-hit area in Murree, north of the capital Islamabad. AP

In the nearby town of Nathiagali, the blizzard dumped up to 1.5 metres of snow within just a few hours.—According to Tariq Ullah, an official

“It was unprecedented, There were strong winds, uprooted trees, avalanches. People around were terrified.”—he told AFP news agency.

The extreme weather conditions caused roads to be blocked and around 1,000 cars became stranded.

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47-year-old tourist Kashif Ishaq was quoted as saying to AFP “People here were literally weeping… when they heard,”

Prime Minister Imran Khan said he was shocked and upset by the tragedy, but that the unprecedented snowfall and rush of people “caught district admin unprepared”. The Prime Minister Added.

Roads cleared

In a statement made by Punjab police 24hrs later, all roads in and around the resort had been cleared but incoming traffic to the resort was still not allowed.

Army members take part in a rescue operation in a heavy snowfall-hit area in Murree,. AP

Over 700 vehicles were pulled from the snow and the remaining stranded tourists were taken to safety. Most were taken to one of five military-run relief camps and provided with medication and hot meals. Police said.

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authorities have promised an investigation

According to Pakistan Newspapers, the country’s weather bureau had issued a warning as early as 6 January of the approaching blizzard.

“All concerned authorities are particularly advised to remain ‘ALERT‘ during the forecast period,” the National Weather Forecasting Centre had said on Thursday, adding “heavy snowfall” could cause road closures in Murree and elsewhere.

Reacting to the outpouring of grief, authorities have promised an investigation.

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Hasaan Khawar, spokesman for the Punjab provincial government, said in a video on his Twitter page Sunday. “Our first priority was rescue, which is ongoing, then relief,”

“Then a high-level inquiry will be launched and if there is any kind of negligence, then action will be taken against all those involved.” He added

Tweet by Hasaan
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2023: I don’t expect Nigerians to appreciate me when I leave office—Buhari

Muhammadu Buhari
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President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he does not expect Nigerians to appreciate him when he leaves office.

Buhari was elected into office in 2015, with a landslide victory over incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan.

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Since his administration took over in 2015, the Nigerian economy has been unstable, looking at it from the lens of experts, with prices of goods and services skyrocketing on a daily basis. But Buhari said Nigerians would come to realize he has done his best for them when he leaves Aso Rock in the next 17 months.

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According to Buhari he has seen it all as a governor, a minister, and a two-term President and has left behind structures that the citizens would reflect on.

Speaking on his eagerness to hand over power in an interview aired on Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, on Thursday,

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Buhari said: “Yes, because, look, as you know I have been a governor. I have been a minister and I’m in my second term as President. So, I have gone through the system. And really, what else can I do with this country?

“I have given my best and I hope after I leave, Nigerians will reflect and at least not show appreciation.

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“I’m not expecting any appreciation. But what I’m expecting is for Nigerians to say yes, this man has done his best.

“This is the most I’m expecting from Nigerians. But it’s no joke. I’m telling you.”

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Some persons are causing tension in Olubadan’s succession – Rashidi

Ex-Gov Rashidi Ladoja

The Osi Olubadan of Ibadan, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, has said the Otun Olubadan, Senator Lekan Balogun, is the next in line to ascend the throne of Olubadan.

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The stool became vacant following the death of Oba Saliu Adetunji on Sunday.

Radhidi spoke on Thursday during a condolence visit led by senator representing Oyo Central, Teslim Folarin over the death of Oba Adetunji.

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In his words, there was no controversy about the next Olubadan as the next person in the civil line, Otun Olubadan, remained the next in line to the throne.

Rashidi was absent on Wednesday when 10 out of the 11 members of the Olubadan-in-Council endorsed Balogun as the next Olubadan.

His absence was interpreted in some quarters to mean that he was against the decision of the other council members.

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But Rashidi said, “Uninformed people are just causing unnecessary tension in Ibadan. There is no brawl about who becomes the next Olubadan after the demise of Oba Saliu Adetunji Aje Ogunguniso 1.

“There is no brawl about it. Egbon Lekan Balogun is the most senior in our line and so he is the next in line to the throne.

“For those asking, my ‘body and mouth language’ is that Egbon Lekan is my senior and he is next in line to the Olubadan stool. He continued

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“I don’t have the powers to make anybody Olubadan. In 2017, we instituted a case to challenge the needless reform that Abiola Ajimobi as governor wanted to do. Almost all of us as High Chiefs and members of the Olubadan-in-Council agreed to the filing of a suit to challenge him and we gave the task to Michael Lana.

“Lana later called me to say some of the High Chiefs told him to remove their names from the suit, leaving only my Egbon, Balogun and myself.

“Two weeks after we started the case, Egbon Balogun said he was no longer interested in the case. I asked Lana if I could do it alone and he said yes and we continued.

“We won the case at the state High Court and Ajimobi went to appeal the judgment. In its judgment, the Appeal Court, a few days to the exit of Ajimobi from government, sent the case back to the High Court for retrial. The judges of the Appellate Court said the case was brought under writ of summons instead of originating summons.

“By the time, there had been a new government headed by Seyi Makinde who said he did not want the distraction of the suit and called for an out-of-court settlement which we agreed to and did.

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“After the terms of settlement were agreed to, the court gave a consent judgment based on the terms. But they said they were not happy and instituted two fresh cases which are still in court till today.”

Ladoja added, “So, I need people to understand that I am not causing any trouble. The cases that are in court today in respect of the Obaship tussle were instituted by Egbon Balogun and his colleagues who are still calling themselves Obas.

“They are the ones that the people should talk to. Let them go and withdraw the cases they instituted. I don’t like the unwarranted tension this matter is generating.”

According to Lana, since Balogun had been elevated to an Oba by the administration of Abiola Ajimobi, it would be an aberration to make him wear the second crown by making him the new Olubadan.

He said the governor should withhold his approval until the affected High Chiefs withdraw the case they have in court on their elevation to crown-wearing obas.

Meanwhile, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, on Thursday, also visited the palace of the late Oba Adetunji to commiserate with the family.

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He was received at the Popoyemoja Palace by the Gbonka Balogun, Chief Nureni Akanbi, and the deceased’s widow.

The former President was said to have also visited the palace of Soun of Ogbomoso where he paid condolence visit to the family of Oba Oladunni Oyewumi, who died on December 12 at the age of 95.

Obasanjo was accompanied to the palace by a former Secretary to Oyo State Government, Olayiwola Olakojo; and Chief Oyewole Fasawe.

He paid tribute to the late monarch and prayed to enjoy the grace of longevity which Oba Oyewumi enjoyed.

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