A British national stuck in a UN safehouse in Afghanistan says he has accepted his fate and feels ‘abandoned’ as the country falls to the Taliban.
Miles Routlege, 21, from Birmingham says he visited the country because he thought it’ll be safe to visit because the country would not fall to the Taliban for several months.
However, on Sunday, August 15, Taliban troops rolled into the capital, seizing power as president Ashraf Ghani ran for his life.
Miles, whose ambition is to visit some of the world’s most dangerous places, claims he was stopped by insurgents near Kabul international airport who asked him where he was from.
He said he told them ‘Wales’ because he didn’t want to say the UK and they didn’t know where that was so let him go.
Miles, a student at Loughborough University, said he had called the British embassy but feels ignored.
He said to The Times: ‘I was fully prepared for death, I accepted it. This trip has been a test of God. I’m very religious so I believe I’ll be looked after.
‘Before I left I wrote a letter to my friends saying that if I died, not to feel guilty, that I would die happy and religious and proud.’
He also hopes his American Express card, which gives his names as ‘Lord Miles Routledge’, might help keep him safe.
He added: ‘The Taliban may see that as reason enough to keep me alive, thinking it may hold some negotiating power as they’ll think I’m important.’
Before the Taliban took over, he shared pictures of himself in a local market with guns.
Miles, told The Times he decided to take the trip after spending the summer working as an intern for a wealth management firm.
He also shared photos of his plane ticket to Kabul to prove to doubters he was really in the country.
He said: ‘I like risk, I’m a banker, so it makes sense. I hate lying around on a beach so I wanted to do something a little bit different.
‘After graduating I’ll have a full-time job and maybe a family so won’t have the opportunity to do things like this again. I thought [Afghanistan] looked quite nice, the food seemed amazing and it was dirt cheap.’
The UK Government has announced it is currently trying to rescue the 4,000 British nationals who are still in the country.
NaijaNews247 – connectley.com
Kidnap kingpin John Ewa paraded in Yenagoa
John Ewa, the Bayelsa born suspected kidnap kingpin, who was arrested in Abuja and alleged to be responsible for high-profile kidnappings in the State is currently being paraded alongside three members of his gang by the Bayelsa State Police Command at the Police Officers Mess, Yenagoa Bayelsa State.
It was reported that the suspected kidnap kingpin had been on the wanted list of the police for various alleged abductions in the state.
Naija News 247 gathered that the police trailed Ewa, who goes by the alias ‘Lion’, to Abuja where they nabbed him on Saturday.
The suspect, who flaunts wealth on social media, is believed to be involved in several kidnap incidents around Yenagoa, the state capital.
In a six-second clip that trended on social media at the weekend, Ewa, dressed in his pyjamas, was seen displaying few notes of foreign currency saying, “Get money for this life, hustle, hustle.”
Buhari directed us to drop Osinbajo from Tinubu’s campaign – APC
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said President Muhammadu Buhari, directed that Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, be dropped from the Campaign Council of the party’s Presidential Candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
Naija News 247 had reported that Osinbajo’s name was missing from the he 422-man list realised by the Presidential Campaign Council Secretary, James Faleke, in Abuja on Friday night on Friday night.
The spokesman of the campaign, Festus Keyamo, said President Buhari asked that Osinbajo alongside Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, should not be part of the campaign council so they could focus on governance.
Keyamo disclosed this on Saturday in a statement while explaining the reason behind the decision to drop the vice president
The statement read, “Our attention has been drawn to some stories making the rounds that there may be something amiss within the family of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the name of our own revered and respected Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, GCON, is not included in the list of the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council.”
“Nothing can be farther from the facts. For the avoidance of doubt, President Muhammadu Buhari , GCFR, is the Chairman of the Campaign Council. As a result, Mr. President has SPECIFICALLY directed that the Vice-President and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha should be left out of the Campaign Council to concentrate on the governance of the country and administration of Government. As a responsible Party and Government, all the key functionaries of government cannot abandon their positions for electioneering campaigns. The APC has the mandate of the Nigerian people to administer the country on their behalf at least till May, 29, 2023, and this we intend to do with all sense of responsibility.
“We will not toe the path of those who governed the country in an irresponsible manner before us and our Party is not in total disarray like those who wish to ‘rescue’ the country, but cannot simply manage their own internal affairs.”
Again, three storey building collapses in Lagos
A three storey building has collapsed on Sonuga Street, Palm Avenue, Mushin Local Government Area of Lagos State.
According to Vanguard, an eyewitness said the incident happened at 12 noon on Friday amid heavy rainfall.
The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyinyolu, who confirmed the development said, “A building has collapsed in Mushin few minutes ago. The rescue operation is ongoing,” PUNCH reports.
As of the time of filing this report, it could not be established if anyone was trapped in the rubble of the collapsed structure.
However, LASEMA, and Lagos State Rescue and Fire Service, have arrived the scene on rescue victims mission.
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