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According to The Nation, the Supreme Court on Friday reaffirmed a ruling by the Court of Appeal in support of deregistration of National Unity Party (NUP) and 73 others.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in 2020 deregistered the political parties over their inability to win any election during the 2019 general elections.

In the judgment delivered by Justice China Nweze, the Supreme Court, on Friday, said deregistration of NUP, one of the 74 parties, was in line with the laws and compliance with the extant provisions of the Constitution and Electoral Act.
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Senator Dino Melaye has wondered why President Muhammadu Buhari has refused to address Nigerians as the kidnapping, killing and deaths in the country get out of hand.
 
Dino said Buhari should come out and address Nigerians as people voted for him and not his media aides, Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu.
 
Melaye said this when he granted an interview on AIT today May 7. According to him, President Buhari’s silence is detrimental to the war against insecurity in the country. He asked the president to resign "in the interest of Nigerians who are dying."
 
“President Buhari needs to speak to Nigerians directly, he needs to communicate with the media. Our president is absent, and this has negative concomitant effects on the war against insecurity in the country.

It is very pathetic, but our president is not available. All we hear is presidency says, we didn’t vote for Garba Shehu or Femi Adesina.

All our security challenges boils down to leadership failure, the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is grossly incompetent, not capable and all I expect is that since this man has shown more than enough evidence that he has no capacity to run this country.

President Buhari should, in the interest of children yet unborn, in the interest of Nigerians that are dying, excuse us. It is simple, he should resign.''

Speaking on the APC senators’ decision not to join their PDP counterparts’ call to impeach Buhari, he said the 9th assembly is a creation of the president, and will always carry out the dictates of the presidential villa.
 
“It is expected they will speak like that, because both chambers of the national assembly, the leadership of the national assembly is a creation of the villa, as we speak now, national assembly is a department of the villa,” he said.
 
“It is evident in the national assembly decision not to impeach Buhari, despite the array of insecurity, and gross display of incompetence by this government.”
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Policemen in South Africa have arrested a man for allegedly shooting his wife dead after seeing her in a car with another man.
 
The 34-year-old man has been arrested.
 
The tragic incident happened at a parking area of Shoprite Supermarket in Polokwane, Limpopo.
 
Police spokesperson, Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo, who confirmed the incident on Friday May 7, said the shooting happened at the corner of Grobler and Landdross Mare streets on Thursday, May 6.
 
"The police received a call about the incident at about 14h00 and rushed to the scene. On arrival, the bullet riddle body of a 32-year-old woman was found inside a motor vehicle," he stated.
 
"Preliminary police investigations revealed that the deceased, who is believed to be from Seshego Township, was together with a certain man inside the said vehicle when her husband arrived," he added.

Mojapelo said that an argument allegedly ensued and the husband took out a firearm and shot the woman several times. She died instantly.
 
The man who is reported to have been together with the deceased, allegedly fled from the scene.
 
"Police later recovered the firearm believed to have been used in the murder. The firearm will be subjected to ballistic examination to determine if it was used in the commission of other serious crimes. Its lawfulness will also form part of the unfolding investigations. The motive for the killing is unknown at this stage but domestic violence cannot be ruled out.
 
"Members of the community are urged to seek professional assistance when confronted by domestic or relationship challenges and desist from resorting to extreme measures which often lead to serious injuries or the loss of life."
 
The suspect will be appearing in Polokwane magistrate's court soon, facing a charge of murder.
 
Meanwhile, the suspect was to have attempted suicide after killing his wife. In a video seen on social media, the man can be seen standing on the edge of a high-rise building threatening to jump off.
 
It was gathered that police, however, managed to restrain him.

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Nigerian actor, Yomi Fabiyi has stated that when he went to see Baba Ijesha at the police station, he told him that he did not have canal knowledge of the foster daughter of comedienne, Princess.

Baba Ijesha is currently being held for allegedly raping the foster daughter of comedian, Princess. Yomi who has been analyzing the whole incident has called for the arrest of Princess and many others who planted a CCTV camera and recorded Baba Ijesha while he was molesting the minor.

According to Princess, she rendered help to Princess some years ago and this made him have access to her home.

She said it was during one of those visits that Baba Ijesha allegedly raped her foster daughter when she was seven. Princess claimed that seven years later, the victim opened up to her that the actor molested her.

To ensure there is evidence to back up her claim, Princess planned with some people and a CCTV was planted in her home.

Baba Ijesha was lured to her house and was left in the apartment with the victim whom he molested.

In an interview with City People, Yomi said during his visit, Baba Ijesha told him he never raped the victim.

''I went there. I created time and I sought audience to speak with him. They told him. It's not like we are close. He doesn't know where I live. I don't know where he lives. He hasn't been in my movie before, for close to 18 years that I have been producing. But I must respect the fact that he is a colleague. We have acted together. We have met abroad together. He cared for me and I cared for him. We are one family no matter what anybody says.

I saw him and I was like I want you to tell me in all honesty, did you rape the young girl? because I was having images in my head and I don't want to believe he is the one.

He told me that Yomi, there was never a time I raped this lady and this lady never said I raped her. Go and ask her. I said the police said you confessed to the crime. What is in the video they are talking about and what crime did you confess to?"

He said 'Yomi, they showed me a CCTV after they bundled me. They came in, started beating me, they started torturing me. Then they showed me CCTV touching the girl''

Yomi said he asked Baba Ijesha what his relationship was with Princess before this rape drama and he said they became close after her marriage crashed

''I asked him and he said Yomi, I had marital problem the same time she had her own and we became closer. She helped me with admission.

I asked him 'were you guys having sexual relationship?..He said Yomi we became close.

A police officer was there. I said no problem, that is not my concern because of the way he answered. Whether it has a link with what you are going through, if it is necessary, you will tell the court''

Yomi said a twist to the whole drama is that the victim allegedly confessed to being sexually assaulted not by Baba Ijesha but by someone closely related to Princess.

According to him, Baba Ijesha said;

''Another interesting part is the girl actually confessed to being sexed , not by Baba Ijesha but by someone who is actually closely related to Princess, who is in police custody. Nobody is talking about it.

Quote me! Except the police will lie, that somebody has been arrested because the girl confessed that Baba Ijesha did not sleep with me and that the person that has been exploiting me sexually lives on my street and they are in Panti.

So which justice system will look into the whole scenario and will now be focusing on one.'' he said
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The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has said the only time it will end its ongoing nationwide strike is if the government meets its demands.
 
The ASUP National President, Mr Anderson Ezeibe, made the union’s position known on Friday at an emergency congress held at the Federal Polytechnic, Auchi in Edo, NAN reports.
 
Ezeibe commended members of the union for complying with the strike directive, saying it would continue until the achievement of its aims.
 
“Our members should continue to believe in the union the way they have been doing, we have very supportive members as you can see; the strike is in full swing.

“Every polytechnic is observing the strike and compliance level is very high, we will continue to persevere, victory is around the corner.

“It is true that the government has started doing something.

“The one that has been done is the issue of governing councils that have been reconstituted and the visitation panels that have been set up.

“Offers have been made for the payment of arrears of minimum wage and the N15 billion infrastructure revitalisation fund; they are still at the level of offer because the funds have not been released.

“We want to see the funds released for the sector and we want to see some other items that require processes to be put in motion.

“If we are able to get to that point, I am sure our national executive committee will take a second look at the strike,’’ he said.
 
Recall that ASUP had on April 6 embarked on a nationwide strike.
 
Among the demands of the union is the implementation of the 2010 agreement between the union and the Federal government on the payment of salaries and arrears of the new minimum wage in some state-owned polytechnics.
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Following the release of the 27 abducted students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna State, their parents have thanked Nigerians for supporting them.
 
In a statement by the parents on Friday, jointly signed by the forum's chairman, Malam Abdullahi Usman and Secretary, Mrs Catherine Y. Saleh, the group of parents also expressed their appreciation to Nigerians and specially thanked some prominent Nigerians and organisations for the roles they played to secure the release of their children.

"We extend profound gratitude to all Nigerians and lovers of humanity at home and abroad who showed up and showed out in solidarity as we went through the dark horrendous period of waiting and hoping for the return of our children.
 
"We are unable to thank nearly enough every one who stood by us and for the sacrifices you made in your various capacities financially, morally, spiritually and otherwise.

"We most especially register our immense gratitude to former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, and Abubakar Abdulsalami, Sheikh Ahmad Abubakar Mahmud Gumi, and the Provost of the College, Dr Usman, for the various roles they played in securing the release of our children.

"We appreciate immensely the students and staff of the Institution for their relentless solidarity.
 
"We thank Barr Gloria Mabeiam Ballason and the House of Justice crew, Channels TV, BBC, DW Radio, the all members NUJ, Kaduna Council, Comrades Deji Adeyanju, Omoyele Sowore, Steven Kefas, Barrister Abubakar Marshall and others too numerous to mention. Special thanks to The Ordinary President, Ahmed Isah of Berekete Radio/TV programme.
 
"The journey is not yet over because our children will definitely require rehabilitation to overcome the trauma that accompanies such ugly experiences.

"We therefore call the Minister of Environment, the Managements of FRIN and the College of Forestry Mechanisation, to ensure that all the students are well rehabilitated so that they may get back to normal life again and continue with their education.
 
"We pray for the repose of the soul of Malam Ibrahim, one of the parents of the abducted students, who died as a result of the trauma that resulted from the abduction of his daughter. We also pray for the souls of the 5 Greenfield University students who were killed by their abductors and ask God to grant the remaining students speedy release because we understand what the parents are passing through.
 
"We call on government to get more serious and aggressively pursue safe schooling as a pertinent agenda so as to give parents the confidence to send their children to school because if the schools remain as security porous as they now are, many may not find it worth the trouble to enroll their children in schools anymore," the statement said.
 
The parents also clarified that 27 students were released and not 29 as some media organisations have reported.
 
"We, the parents of the 27 students of Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna, have met and reviewed one of the most important matters in our lives, which is the release of our children by armed bandits.
 
"You would recall that the students were abducted on 11th March, 2021.
 
"It is, first and foremost, pertinent for us to effect an important correction on the number of the released students. They are 27, not 29, as reported by some nations media. The total abducted students were 39, out of which 2 (two) escaped not long after abduction, 10 were released in 2 batches of 5 each, leaving the remaining 27, who were released yesterday, Wednesday 5th May, 2021, 56 days after their abduction.
 
"We, as parents, made several efforts to secure the release of the students. We even took our peaceful march to the National Assembly on Tuesday, 4th May, 2021, presented our plight and prayed for the intervention of the lawmakers in securing the release of our children.
 
"We are grateful that we did not leave any stone unturned on the path to where we have arrived today.
 
"The 27 released students were received at a location in Kidanda, Giwa Local Government, and conveyed to Kaduna.

"On arrival in Kaduna, they were taken to the Police College Clinic for  medical checkup," it said.

"Finally, we thank God Almighty for the victory he has granted us. He has done for us what no man can do.

"We thank you sincerely and pray that Kaduna State and Nigeria will return back to the days where we can all sleep with our two eyes closed," it added.
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Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi posted with the public details how he alongside former President Olusegun Obasanjo successfully negotiated the release of 27 abducted students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna State.
 
Gumi disclosed that he and Obasanjo stood as negotiators in ensuring that the abductors released the students.
 
He said this when the parents of the affected students paid him an appreciative visit on Thursday.
 
Bandits had abducted the students from the school premises on March 11, 2021 from the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna and were released on Wednesday after 56 days in captivity.
 
Addressing journalists in his residence during the visit, Gumi insisted that the fight was between the bandits and the government.
 
Gumi said: “The role myself and former President Olusegun Obasanjo played in the release of the 27 Afaka students is the role of mediators because the fight is not between us and them but between the bandits and the government.
 
“What we understand is that these people are trying to attack the government by attacking government institutions and taking innocent children.
 
“Having understood that, we came to the conclusion that this is not a hopeless situation and that we can really go in and negotiate for the release of these children, which we did after so many ups and downs.”
 
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Nollywood actor, Uche Maduagwu took to Instagram to make a shocking revelation.

He had once come out to say he was 100percent gay and weeks after made a u-turn to say he wasn't gay.

Now Uche says the U-turn he made back then was made under duress.

According to Uche, some security agents accosted him and forced him to deny he was gay, and that was the reason he made that post.

Making his claims, Uche wrote;

''Last month i was arrested along lekki axis by armed security men i wont disclose the particular agency but they came from #abuja i was beaten for hours and told to deny being #gay on social media or they will come back to do worse i cant say more for now because of security reasons #lagos #share''
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A journalist has had his life cut short by arrmed bandits who attacked travellers in Katsina.
 
The journalist, Ibrahim Hamisu Dankabo died during the incident that saw the bandits abduct many travellers in Jibia Local Government of Katsina State.
 
A community leader in the area, Gide Suleiman, told PREMIUM TIMES that Mr Dankabo, a cameraman attached to the Information Unit of Jibia Local Government, was shot dead on Monday, May 3, in Kukar-Babangida area of Jibia when he responded to a distress call from a female neighbour during a kidnap incident.
 
The kidnappers later went away with the woman who is the mother of a traditional title holder in Niger Republic, the source added.
 
Meanwhile, other residents said the attackers also abducted many travellers on the Katsina-Jibia road, most of whom are residents of Magamar Jibia.
 
"We are living in constant fear of attack and abduction and we cannot ply some major roads. The security agents have advised residents to stop using the Gurbi road from Zurmi in Zamfara to Jibia in Katsina because kidnappers operate with impunity on the high," a resident lamented.

“The security agents are on ground but the bandits operate at will without hindrance. The security agents seldom respond to distress calls. And one of two of their armoured vehicles in Jibia town has been grounded for at least two months now.

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The Kaduna state governor, Nasir Elrufai has left Nigerians in shock after he reportedly disclosed that their rescue plan after the abduction of 29 students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka in Kaduna State, was to bombard the bandits' hideout, lose a few students and kill all the bandits.

Punch reported that El-Rufai  disclosed this on Thursday May 6, during a webinar organised by the Africa Leadership Group.

Responding to a question on why he refused to negotiate with bandits at the event tagged: ‘Developing a Viable Nation 2’ and hosted by Pastor of Trinity House Church Ituah Ighodalo, El-Rufai further revealed that the rescue plan was not carried out because the bandits slipped through the cordon of the army.

He Said;

“Two days after the abduction of the Afaka young people, I was assured by the air force and the army that they knew where the kidnappers were with the students and they had encircled (them).

“We were going to attack them. We would lose a few students but we would kill all the bandits and we would recover some of the students. That was our plan. That was the plan of the air force and the army… But they slipped through the cordon of the army. That is why they were not attacked.

“We know it is risky, we know in the process we may lose some of the abductees but it is a price we have to pay. This is war, there will always be collateral damage in war and we will rather do that than pay money because paying money has not solved the problem anywhere in the world.”

El-Rufai who admitted that he had “lost weight” over the insecurity in Kaduna State which he said was giving him sleepless nights, however claimed that insecurity in Kaduna was not as bad as Niger, Katsina and Zamfara.

He also said the media only focused attention on his state because it fitted into their narrative of ethnic clashes. The Governor claimed that in Katsina and Niger states, entire villages were sacked by bandits but nothing of such happened in Kaduna.

Also commenting on why he asked former President Goodluck Jonathan to negotiate with Boko Haram, El-Rufai said he only gave that advice because that was the first time such abduction would take place and also because Boko Haram is driven by an ideology and not by money in the case of today’s bandits.

He further claimed that President Buhari has hardly achieved much because he is a nice guy that doesn’t like to sack, in contrast to the way he governs Kaduna state.

El-Rufai added;

“I fire people so I get higher execution rates. President Buhari is a nice guy, he doesn’t fire people so he has a slower execution rate."

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