Powerful Ex-Minister Dead, 13 Killed As Nigerian Monarch Flees Palace Over Rising Violence

Des O’Malley Dead: Tributes Paid To Former Minister And Progressive Democrats Founder
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Former Minister and founder of the Progressive Democrat party Des O’Malley has died aged 82.

He is understood to have been unwell for some time.

The solicitor was elected as a TD for Limerick in 1968 and was Minister for Justice during the Arms Crisis of 1970.

O’Malley was a dominant force in Irish politics for over four decades.

He was a fierce opponent of Charles Haughey and was expelled from Fianna Fáil in 1984 by Haughey.

O’Malley founded the Progressive Democrats in 1985 and became its first leader.

He led the PDs into a coalition government with the Haughley-led Fianna Fail in 1989 and became Minister for Industry and Commerce.
Source – Irish Mirror

Monarch Flees Palace, Two Killed As Cultists Clash In Akwa Ibom
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A cult clash has reportedly claimed the lives of two persons in the Udianga Enem community in Etim Ekpo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.

WuzupNigeria gathered that the village head, Chief Josiah Udoekoriko, reportedly fled his palace on Monday over a renewed supremacy battle between suspected members of the Iceland Confraternity and the Debam group.

An unspecified number of lives have been lost and properties destroyed in the past four years due to the intense cult clashes in the Etim Ekpo and Ukanafun LGs, The PUNCH reports.

Governor Udom Emmanuel was forced to grant amnesty to the cult groups for peace to reign in the areas but it appears not to be a lasting solution.

The latest incident occurred Monday when suspected members of Iceland Confraternity, led by one Oto, from Obon Ebot, stormed the Udianga Enem community reportedly to retrieve stolen items seized by Debam confraternity in the nearby community of Obong Ntak.

A community source who pleaded anonymity said the invaders came in to negotiate peacefully with the Debam group led by one Samuel Okonko popularly called ‘Angel Boy’ in order to retrieve the stolen property, but the negotiation broke down.
Source – Wuzup Nigeria

13 Dead, 12 Injured In Ogun Fatal Accident
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No fewer than 13 persons were said to have died in an accident that occurred along the Lagos-Ibadan highway on Wednesday.

DAILY POST learnt that 12 other persons were also injured in the fatal crash that took place opposite Wichtech Roofing and Pipes, outbound Lagos.

It was gathered that the road crash happened around 4pm, involving an unregistered Volvo truck loaded with waste disposal and a commercial Mazda bus, marked APP 28 YE.
Source – Daily Post

APC Denies Alleged Buhari’s Self-succession Plan
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President Muhammadu Buhari has no plan to stay beyond 2023 in office, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said.

The ruling party stated this on Tuesday in reaction to an allegation by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), that Mr Buhari is hatching a “self-succession” plan.

The party’s interim National Secretary, John Akpanudoehede, told the Nation newspaper to ignore the widespread assumption and anticipate the APC’s move ahead of its National Convention.

He said the PDP was being haunted by its past.

“Unlike the opposition, we are a disciplined party. PDP is just being haunted by its past. You will recall the inglorious third term agenda while PDP was in power. So, it is easy to accuse APC now.

“After our (APC) congresses and the National Convention, we will shock them (PDP) by bringing a consensus and an agreeable candidate that will fly the flag of the party come 2023. APC has no third term agenda like PDP.
Source – Premium Times

Ahmed Musa Leaves Kano Pillars To Join New Club
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Ahmed Musa has left Kano Pillars and is set to sign for Turkish side, Fatih Karagumruk, according to Skorer.

The Super Eagles skipper will join as a free agent.

Fatih Karagumruk are also based in Istanbul and are yet to win any major trophy in their history.

Musa has spent the last few weeks playing for Kano Pillars and provided one assist in nine appearances.

The winger signed a short-term deal with the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), with a clause that he could leave if he gets an offer from abroad.

Musa is expected to arrive in Turkey in the coming days to complete the transfer.
Source – Daily Post