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Gunmen, who attacked Maranatha Baptist Church and St Moses Catholic Church in Robuh, Ungwan Aku, Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State on Sunday, have demanded N100m ransom for the 36 worshippers in their custody.

Suspected terrorists have attacked the convoy of the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Zone 12 with Headquarters in Bauchi, Audu Madaki, injuring him and killing one of his police guards.

Although the reports are still sketchy as of the time of filing this report, it was learnt that the AIG was on his way to Abuja from Bauchi when the suspected terrorists ambushed and attacked him.

The incident was said to have happened between Barde and Jagindi area in Kaduna State on Tuesday at about 2.30pm.

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A source at the Zone 12 headquarters told newsmen that AIG Audu Madaki was shot at and injured during the attack while his Orderly was shot dead.

The AIG is said to be receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital while security has been beefed up around the Zone.

Another source revealed that armed Police personnel had been drafted to the area to comb the bush in order to fish out the terrorists.

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Several efforts to get a confirmation from the Zonal Police Public Relations Officer, Thomas Goni, were futile as he didn’t pick up his call.

He did not also return the call as of the time of filing this report.

Source: Today Nigeria

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Peter Obi rally locks down Lagos, large turnout in Bauchi, Asaba, Calabar

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Peter Obi rally locks down Lagos, large turnout in Bauchi, Asaba, Calabar

Supporters of Peter Obi, Labour Party presidential candidate, on Saturday trooped out en masse across Lagos, Bauchi, Asaba and Calabar to rally support for the former Anambra governor.

Traffic congestion was recorded in several parts of the cities where the rally took place.

In Lagos, the Lekki-Epe expressway as well as Surulere, supporters of Mr Obi were seen marching and chanting songs of praise for the presidential hopeful.

Many supporters of Mr Obi ditched the Nigerian green and white flag for the Labour Party’s multi-coloured flag, waving as they marched in excitement. Others adorned paraphernalia of the party.

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Another mammoth crowd marched from Inter-bus roundabout along Nnbisi road in Asaba, Delta state, for the Obidatti rally, leaving a scanty audience to receive Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s independence day address.

A similar situation was recorded in Warri where Mr Obi’s supporters converged in droves at Effurun roundabout and thereon marched to Airport road and later Warri city stadium where Labour Party leaders encouraged them to vote wisely in the 2023 general elections.

In Calabar, dancers adorned traditional attires and lined major roads chanting “Obi! Obi!” to match the beats of traditional musical instruments. Other supporters adorned the Labour Party’s paraphernalia in a show of support for Mr Obi.

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In a Facebook video posted by The Nation, another excited crowd marched in support of Mr Obi in Bauchi. Some of them could be seen chanting “Carry me dey go, Obi, carry me dey go, dey go, dey go,” while waving the Nigerian and Labour Party flags.

The massive turnout has put to question claims that Mr Obi, labelled by opponents as a social media candidate because of the support he enjoys from Nigerian social space, would not enjoy the same support on the ballot.

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Gov. Lalong advises leaders to put Nigerians’ interest at heart

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Simon Lalong

Plateau Governor Simon Lalong has urged fellow Nigerian leaders to be selfless and committed to nation-building.

“Those in power should always put the interest of the citizens first and shun any action that will dwindle hope, faith and patriotism among the followers,” Mr Lalong said in a statement by his spokesperson, Makut Macham, on Saturday in Jos.

He described Nigeria as a great nation with abundant human and material resources comparable to a few countries worldwide.

The governor pointed out that good leadership would ensure the nation’s resources are harvested and utilised efficiently for the good of all rather than for the benefit of a few.

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He expressed hope that Nigeria would achieve greatness despite its current challenges.

He urged citizens to put aside their personal interests and be united to work for the country’s progress while paying tribute to those who struggled for independence.

“It is, therefore ,important that we do not allow the challenges of the moment to stop us from highlighting and thanking God for the tremendous successes we have achieved over the years.

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“In this regard, we pay special tribute to those who fought for our independence, those who nurtured it and to all who are doing their best to sustain it.

“We should continue to do our best to ensure that the sacrifices of these men, women, youths, children and people of various backgrounds do not go in vain,” he said.

While congratulating President Muhammadu Buhari and all Nigerians for commemorating the 62nd anniversary, Mr Lalong prayed for a smooth transition in 2023, which, he said, would consolidate the nation’s achievements.

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Peter Obi’s supporters defy police, rally at Lekki

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Supporters of the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, have defied police directive against holding a rally at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos.

It will be recalled that that the Lagos State Police Command had on Friday warned against any form of rally at the Lekki Toll gate, citing the court order that prohibited it.

However, on Saturday morning, October 1, the supporters, known as the ‘Obidients’, were seen in mass number as they marched at the Lekki-Epe Expressway, chanting ‘Obi! Obidient!’

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A Twitter user, @Nkemchor, who shared a video, posted, “The police presence at Lekki did not stop youths from gathering. Very proud of this generation. If Lekki is your route join them!”

Another user, @eklepatience tweeted, “All we want is a genuine leader that’s ready to serve Nigerians we’re not asking for too much nah just give us Peter Obi. Festac Lagos is Obidient.”

According to tweeps, who shared images, the rally also seemed to be holding in other parts of Lagos, like Festac town, Surulere and the National Stadium.

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Another tweep, @BensonIbeabuchi, tweeted, “Youths defy rainfall to come out in support of the Labour Party presidential candidate Peter Obi at Lekki, Lagos on October 1, 2022.

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