Zamfara Youths Block Highway, Destroy Vehicles in Violent Protest
Zamfara State youths armed with weapons have staged a violent protest along the Gusau – Kaura Namoda Highway.
The protesters occupied the road very early on Monday over the incessant attacks by bandits in their communities.
One of the commuters who was trapped along the road explained that the youths blocked the highway along Kurya junction and began to destroy public vehicles travelling along the road.
They condemned the unending insecurity and attacks which the people of the area have suffered at the hands of the bandits. #
Gunmen release 11 out of over 200 abducted students in Niger State
Eleven students who were part of scores kidnapped earlier from an Islamiyya school located at Tegina in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State have been released.
This is according to a communique by Mary Noel-Berje, Chief Press Secretary to the state governor.
In the statement late on Sunday, Ms. Noel-Berje noted that the released children were deemed too small and could not walk, and this prompted the kidnappers to release them.
The state’s chief scribe stated that Governor Abubakar Sani Bello expressed shock and is saddened by the recent reports of abduction of innocent people by armed bandits in several communities across three Local Government Areas of Rafi, Wushishi, and Bida.
Gunmen invaded Tegina community in Rafi Local Government Area, shot one person dead, and left one seriously injured as well as kidnapped an unconfirmed number of Islamiyya Students and Teachers from Salihu Tanko Islamic School alongside some passengers of a Sharon Bus travelling to Minna. #
Biafra: Enugu State Turns To Ghost Town, Markets, Schools Shops closed
A visit to some of the busy areas in the state on Monday revealed massive compliance with the order.
In one of such areas like NOWAS – T.Junction, Nike Lake Road is deserted, shops, timber shade market along the axis closed.
Also, the area is often a no go area on Monday morning due to traffic gridlock and the significance of the road as an exit route to Northern Nigeria from the heart of Enugu state
In an interview, a resident of Enugu state who pleaded anonymity said he planned to go to work, but after spending over 45minutes between 7 am and 8 am this morning at the bus stop he has no option to place a call to his superiors and returns home.
However, at Abakpa Market, especially along with Texaco Filling station, some clubs bearing youths were seen mounting watch at the road. Tires we’re burnt and tables used to block connecting roads to Abakpa Market.
Some of the soldiers were discharged for cowardice, forgery, drunkenness, poor performance, disobedience to orders, absence from duty/parade and failure to perform military duty.
Similarly, scores were also axed for Bank Verification Number issues, vetting problems, insubordination, civil offence, extortion, defilement and conduct prejudicial to service.
Others were dismissed for conspiracy, ‘misfire,’ stealing, impersonation, attempted rape, assault, the unlawful release of prisoners and cheating.
The names of the personnel were contained in a 90-page document titled, ‘List of soldiers dismissed from the Nigerian Army,’ seen by newsmen in Abuja on Friday.
The dismissal period was, however, not mentioned in the document.
Over 1,000 soldiers were discharged for AWOL (Away Without Leave), while hundreds of others were sacked for desertion.#
ECOWAS suspends Mali, insists on Feb. 2022 election
Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has suspended Mali’s membership in response to last week’s coup by Colonel Assimi Goita.
It also insisted the military junta must stick to the February 2022 deadline for a return to democracy.
The decisions were taken on Sunday by leaders of the 15-member economic bloc at an emergency summit held in Accra, the Ghanaian capital.
In a communique after the summit, ECOWAS said Mali’s membership in the bloc was suspended with immediate effect.
There was no immediate response from Goita, who attended the summit. #
De Bruyne Confirms Nose, Eye Socket Fractures In Defeat To Chelsea
Kevin De Bruyne is a major doubt for Belgium’s Euro 2020 campaign after suffering two facial fractures in Manchester City’s Champions League final defeat to Chelsea on Saturday.
De Bruyne was helped off the field in tears after colliding with Antonio Rudiger on the hour mark in Porto.
The midfielder’s left eye immediately appeared swollen.
Without his creativity, Chelsea comfortably held out for a 1-0 win to keep City waiting for Champions League glory.
De Bruyne posted on his Twitter account on Sunday said his diagnosis is acute nose bone fracture and left orbital fracture but he feels okay now.
Belgium’s first match of the Euro is in 11 days’ time against Russia in Saint Petersburg.
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