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Charles Okah Attempts Suicide In Court Over Slow Pace Of His Terrorism Trial

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The alleged mastermind of October 1, Golden Jubilee Independent Day Anniversary bombings, Mr. Charles Okah, yesterday, attempted to commit suicide at the Federal High Court (FHC) in Abuja.

Charles Okah is the younger brother of the former leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), Mr. Henry Okah (currently incarcerated in South Africa). He has been in prison for four years now over allegations of conspiring to kill the former President Goodluck Jonathan when Nigeria marked her 50th independence anniversary in Abuja.

Okah, who is frustrated by the slow pace of his trial sought the permission of the trial judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole to air his views over what he termed “endless trial”, due to his lawyer’s absence in court.

Justice Kolawole obliged, after which he spoke for about five minutes before attempting to end his own life.

“I have been incarcerated for about five years now, and I have a family to cater for,” Okah reportedly screamed while speaking.

“My children would grow up without feeling the warmth of their father.

“I’m tired of this endless trial”.

He then grabbed a nearby chair with which he made repeated attempts to break a window in order to create an opening through which he could jump down from the courtroom located on the third floor of the five-storey building. The chair with which he attempted to break the window was later collected from him after he was overpowered and Justice Kolawole promptly adjourned the case till October 20.

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Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

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Nigeria's Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

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Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.

The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.

Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.

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The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.

“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”

 

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.

The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.

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Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.

He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

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Governor of Zamafara, Bello Matawalle has announced the release of 11 kidnapped victims.

According to reports, ten of the victims were male and a female from Bukkuyum Local Government Area.

Matawalle received the rescued kidnapped victims on Saturday night at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.

The Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammed Dauran revealed that the victims were released without paying a ransom.

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He stated they were released as a result of the peace initiative and stakeholders meeting summoned by Governor Matawalle with all critical stakeholders from Bukkuyum Local Government Area on Thursday.

Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.

 

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