Eight Killed in Plane Crash and other Breaking News Tonight

Defence Ministry discloses the identity of the official with AK-47 in viral video

The Ministry of Defence has given the identity of the man boarding a jeep with AK 47 in a viral video as the Rector of the Nigerian Army College of Environmental Science and Technology (NACEST) Makurdi and not the Minister of Defence, Major General Salihi Magashi (rtd).

In the viral video, it was claimed that the person entering the black-dressed in mufti with the AK-47 slung across his shoulder was the Defence Minister.

But the Special Assistant to the Minister on Media, Mohammad Abdulkadri in a statement, explained that the person in the video was the Rector of the Nigerian Army College of Environmental Science and Technology (NACEST) Makurdi, who by virtue of his Command position, is statutorily allowed in the Military to sign for weapons when travelling.

According to the statement: “In fact the Army green colour on the Innonson Jeep and the Unit sticker of NACEST on the official Vehicle are enough evidence to neutralise the spurious claim in the clip being referred to as the Official vehicle of the Minister of Defence who uses black Land cruiser jeep-like his counterparts in other ministries.

“Again the Internet fraud star’s desperate attempt to demean the personality of the Defence Minister proved null and void and untenable with the fake picture of the Orderly that wears blue colour of the insignia band of NA Education Corp whereas the Orderly to General Magashi (Name withheld) is of the Corp of the Military Police who uses red berret and MP red hand band on his Camouflage.”

Source: The Nation

Eight dead as private jet hits building
A private plane has crashed into an empty office block in the northern Italian city of Milan, killing all eight people on board. The plane, which was bound for the island of Sardinia, came down after taking off from Milan’s Linate airport.

The pilot was Romanian billionaire Dan Petrescu, 68. He died alongside his wife and their son, Italian media say. The crash set the office block and several parked cars on fire. No-one on the ground was injured. An investigation into the cause of the crash has been launched.

Source: BBC

AAUA lecturer kidnapped in Ondo

Mayowa Adinlewa, a lecturer of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, AAUA, Ondo State has been kidnapped.

Adinlewa was kidnapped over the weekend along the deplorable Akure-Ikere-Ekiti highway while on his way from Akungba to visit his family at Ikere in Ekiti State.

The gunmen were said to have struck on a bad portion of the road when waylaid and whisked him away to an unknown destination.

The kidnappers were said to have contacted the victim’s wife on Sunday with the lecturer who was allowed to speak with his wife heard on the phone that he was inside the bush with his captives and that they had trekked for hours without eating and drinking.

Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer in Ondo State, Funmilayo Odunlami stated that an investigation had begun with the anti-kidnapping unit already deployed.

“Initially, we thought it was a case of an abandoned vehicle. It was later that the family contacted the police that their son had been kidnapped. The incident happened between the boundary of Ondo and Ekiti States.

“Our anti-kidnapping unit has swung into action towards rescuing the victim. They are already combing the bush and the axis where it happened.

“I’m not aware if contact has been made with the family. I don’t know anything about the demand for ransom.”

Source: Daily Post