Top Nigerian Pastor Dead, Lai Mohammed Speaks On Nigeria Borrowing Money From Obi Cubana, 13 Policemen Killed

Lai Mohammed Denies Asking Obi Cubana To Loan Nigeria Money
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The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has denied asking Cubana Group Chairman, Obi Iyiegbu aka Obi Cubana, to loan money to Nigeria.

The Ministry of Information and Culture on its verified Facebook page on Sunday placed a ‘Fake News’ stamp on a news item claiming that the minister made the statement.

The news which was published by an online medium read in part, “Obi Cubana has this kind of money and Nigeria is borrowing money from China. Cubana should borrow us money, Nigeria is collapsing- Lai Mohammed”.

Obi Cubana has been trending on social media for the last four days for hosting a lavish funeral for his mother in Oba, a town in Idemili South local government area of Anambra State.

Several videos emanating from the event show people spraying money indiscriminately while a concert was held after the burial and was attended by musicians Davido, D’Banj, Phyno among others.

The ‘naira rain’ at the event has led to several memes asking Nigeria to borrow money from Obi Cubana instead of China.

The country’s debt has risen by N20.8tn to N32.92tn since the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), took over.

The Senate last Thursday approved Buhari’s request for ongoing external loans to the tune of $8.3bn and €490m under the 2018-2020 External Borrowing (Rolling) Plan.
Source – Punch

Man Stabs Wife, Pastor To Death In Imo Community
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A man has been arrested by the Police in Imo for allegedly stabbing his wife and a pastor to death.

The incidents according to reports, happened on Friday in Umuokoto town in Umudibia Autonomous Community in Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo State.

While the pastor died immediately, his wife died minutes later from excessive beating and bleeding.

The man, a tenant and native of Obowo in Imo State, suspected to be mentally unstable, was said to have stabbed his wife severally before killing the pastor, Thompson Onyekuru, who was returning from a meeting of Umuatum two compounds from where he met his death.

According to eyewitnesses, the incident started around 4pm when Obum’s wife, Ogechi and her one- year- old son were heard screaming for help.

The cry attracted the attention of neighbours and passersby, including youths within the village who noticed the man attacked the wife in their living room.

By the time they succeeded in seizing him, they found the woman covered in the pool of her blood with her face inflicted with bruises.

Noticing his wife had been taken away for medical attention, Obum became more aggressive, chasing everyone with knife.

It was at this point he met the Pastor who had mediated in their quarrel prior to the incident and stabbed him from behind, the eyewitness said.

The eyewitness said Obum’s aggressiveness and stabbing of the pastor coincided with arrival of the police operatives from Nekede/Ihiagwa Divisional Police Station who immediately shot him in the leg.

It was learnt the dispersed youths regrouped and descended on the man with clubs.

It gathered the man died on the way to the hospital.

Confirming the incident, President General of Umuokoto Community Council (UCC) Hon. Charles Anozie said Obum and the pastor were rushed to the hospital where they later died.
Source – Lailas News

13 Police Officers Feared Killed By Bandits In Zamfara
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Thirteen Special Mobile Police Officers were feared killed by bandits in Kurar-mota village of Bungudu Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

An indigene of the area, Malam Almu Shehu, said the police officers were ambushed by bandits near Kurar-mota village on Sunday when they went there in their patrol vehicles.

Shehu said, “The police officers were passing through the area not knowing that, the bandits were hiding in the bush who opened fire, killing 13 of the Mobile Police and injured several others.”

He maintained that he saw their dead bodies being evacuated to Gusau town, the state capital.

“I was in Magami town today (Sunday) when I saw some Vehicles carrying the dead bodies of the police officers,” he added.

When contacted for comment, the spokesperson for the state police command SP Mohammed Shehu said, “I will call you later”, but didn’t respond up to the time of filing in this report.
Source – Punch

NAF Refutes Reports Of Airforce Jet Crash
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The Nigerian Airforce said on Sunday that it has not been briefed by any if it’s formation that one of it’s Alpha jets crashed in Kaduna as being circulated in the social media.

NAF Director of Public Relations, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet said NAF HQ has not received any operational report of crash of it’s aircraft and that no alpha jet left Yola for Kaduna.

His response, “Good afternoon.

“No crash in Kaduna. No aircraft left Yola for Kaduna…..

“I am making contact and awaiting information from other locations.
Source – Vanguard

Customs Men Responsible For Igangan Attack – Oyo Govt
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Oyo State Government said men of the Nigeria Customs Service raided Igangan and other parts of Ibarapa areas of the state on Friday night, not herdsmen.

Mr Taiwo Adisa, the Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Seyi Makinde, said in a statement on Saturday in Ibadan, that this was contrary to the widely circulated report that unidentified gunmen attacked the areas.

Adisa said that the revelation was made known by Ibarapa Community leaders during a fact-finding meeting between a team of the state government and political/traditional leaders of the affected communities on Saturday.
Source – PM News

Niger Insecurity; Police Kills 10 Bandits, Injured Scores In Gun Battle In Niger
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Nigerian Police special unit, Operation PUFF ADDER on Saturday recorded a major breakthrough in the fight against bandits, killing no fewer than 10 armed bandits when the gunmen lunched an attack on the Police camp at Kundu village in Rafi local government area of Niger state.

Several other bandits escaped with bullets injuries in the gun battles that eye witnesses said lasted for two hours. Two members of the Operation PUFF ADDER, an Inspector and a sergeant however fell to the bullets of the bandits.

The Bandits, said to be numbering over 100, and riding on about 30 motorcycles, invaded the Police camp situated at a primary school in Kundu village about two kilometers from Zungeru town at about 10am on Saturday and opened fire on the Policemen.

The Policemen who had being put on alert that the bandits were moving towards their direction in their large number with the intention to attack the camp, strategically positioned themselves before the arrival of the bandits.

According to a source close to the police camp in Kundu, the bandits emerged from a maize farm, 50 meters from the PUFF ADDER camp which they used as a cover to lunch their attack on the policemen.

A member of the village told our correspondent that after about two hours of heavy fighting, 10 of the bandits were killed and their bodies successfully evacuated by their members.
Source – The Sun