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162 Stranded Nigerians Return from Libya
A total of 162 Nigerians stranded in Libya have been brought back to the country. Five of the returnees have various degrees of health-related issues.
The returnees arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos on Wednesday morning.
A breakdown of the figure of the returnees shows that 98 of them are adult females, 28 are adult males, 19 are female children, five male children, nine female infants and the remaining three persons are male infants.
They were received by officials of the Port Health Unit of the Federal Ministry of Health, National Commission for Resilience, Migration, and IDPs; Nigerian Immigration Services, and National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
The returnees were brought back to the country by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) through the voluntary repatriation programme.
This programme is for people who left Nigeria to seek greener pasture in European countries but cannot afford to return when their journey became frustrated. Since 2017, the IOM has assisted over 22,000 distressed Nigerians back to the country, according to authorities.
APC cannot provide good governance in Nigeria – Sule Lamido
The Former Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, has blasted the All Progressives Congress (APC), saying it is a party that cannot conceive of good governance in the country.
Speaking last night while featuring in an interview, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, explained that the All Progressives Congress was formed to only grab power in the country.
He further explained that the APC lacks the character and capacity to bring the needed development to Nigerians in all spheres of life.
He said that there is nobody in APC that is original, emphasizing that the party is very corrupt.
The PDP chieftain observed that the just concluded convention of the PDP has created more chances for the party in the 2023 election, expressing optimism that victory for PDP signifies great hope for the country.
Lamido added that the convention was not a PDP convention but a Nigerian convention, saying that with the level of insecurity, division and bad economy in the country today, Nigerians are yearning for change.
Gas Leakage: NEMA Asks Residents to Avoid Open Fire in Parts of Ikeja
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has raised an alarm following a report of a gas pipeline leakage in some parts of Ikeja, Lagos State.
The affected areas include Computer Village, Ikeja Underbridge end of Awolowo Way, Oba Akran axis, Anifowose Street, and Medical Road.
To avoid any fire outbreak, the spokesperson for NEMA (South West), Ibrahim Farinloye, has asked residents to avoid open fire in the affected areas.
Following the report, Farinloye, said the gas leakage has been brought under control. While he asked residents to go about their daily routine without any worry, officials have continued to divert traffic around the affected areas.
Even Jesus Went Through Something Worse Than This: Billionaire Obi Cubana’s Wife Reacts to His EFCC Arrest
The wife of billionaire Obi Cubana, Barrister Ebele Iyiegbu, has reacted to her husband’s arrest by the anti-graft agency.
Ebele showered her husband with encouraging words and declared that he is a hard worker and a resilient human being.
She further declared that her husband will overcome the present obstacle because even Jesus Christ faced a worse situation.
Obi Cubana was arrested by the anti-graft agency on Monday, November 1, for alleged money laundering and this has ignited massive reactions from Nigerians.
Ebele showered her dear husband with encouraging words and assured him that he shall overcome the present obstacle.
NNPC admits hitches in depots, dismisses price hike rumor
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has admitted that there are pricing issues at some petrol depots in the country but ruled out any hike in the pump price of the product.
It was reported on Tuesday that fuel queues resurface on Monday in the Federal Capital Territory, and some parts of Nasarawa and Niger states.
Retailers had claimed that the ex-depot price of the product had been increased by private tank farm owners from the recommended N148-N149.5/liter to between N153 and N155/liter.
The Group Managing Director, NNPC, Mele Kyari, while delivering a presentation at a conference organized by energy correspondents in Lagos on Tuesday, said the corporation had adequate stock of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol).
He said there is speculation of fuel scarcity within the media, but NNPC has over 1.7 billion liters of Premium Motor Spirit in the country and another 2.3 billion liters coming in; so, there is no shortage in supply as being speculated.
ON THE FOREIGN SCENE
Bus Plunges into Ditch, Kills 20 In Pakistan
At least 20 people including children were killed on Wednesday when a bus plunged into a ravine in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.
A local disaster management authority official Raja Moazzam told newsmen, the bus carrying up to 40 passengers was going to Rawalpindi when it plunged into a deep ravine while negotiating a sharp turn.
He blamed speeding for the accident and said authorities are trying to retrieve bodies and injured from the wreckage.
The accident took place in the remote area some 160 kilometers east of Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-administered Kashmir.
Another local administration official also confirmed the accident and put the toll at 23.
Pakistan has an appalling record of fatal road and rail accidents due to poor roads badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving.
Barcelona to confirm Xavi Appointment This Week
Barcelona are reportedly hoping to confirm the appointment of Xavi as the club’s new manager this week.
The Catalan giants relieved Ronald Koeman of his duties in October, and interim manager Sergi Barjuan has overseen a draw with Alaves and narrow Champions League win over Dynamo Kiev so far.
Xavi has been widely regarded as the favourite to succeed Koeman at Camp Nou, although a recent report claimed that Al-Sadd were ‘furious’ with Barca’s public interest in their former midfielder.
The report adds that Barjuan will remain in charge for Saturday’s La Liga trip to Celta Vigo before Xavi takes the reins for the first time against Espanyol on November 18.
Xavi has won 62 of his 90 games in charge of Al-Sadd and previously made 767 appearances for Barcelona during a glittering 17-year spell in the first team.