The Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, has said the military have arrested those behind the St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo, attacks.
Irabor stated this during a meeting with editors and media executives in Abuja on Tuesday.
WITHIN NIGERIA recalls that no fewer than 40 worshippers lost their lives after gunmen invaded and bombed the St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo, Ondo State.
This republication also recalls that the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola said the fighters of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) are responsible for the attack .
Speaking on Tuesday with journalists, Irabor said the suspects would be paraded after an investigation had been concluded into the matter.
He said, “Within the last time we met, we have recorded remarkable achievement. Let me bring it to your notice that within the same period, there have been ignoble actions of men of the underworld that have impinged on our collective well-being, namely the unfortunate train attack, the attack on Kuje correctional center as well as what has been reported in the past the attack on the presidential convoy.
“Also, the Owo incident which was intended to bring man and women of the armed forces to present them in a form and shape that make it to look as if the nation is on a siege. We have arrested those behind the dastardly act in Owo.
“It was my intention to present them to the public, but because of the investigation still going on, I had to change my mind. I will like to say that in due course, the world will see them and others who are behind other daring attacks in the country.”
Adeleke wins as Supreme Court dismisses Babayemi’s appeal
On Thursday, the Supreme Court confirmed Senator Ademola Adeleke, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, as the next Governor of Osun State.
Adeleke was declared the winner of the July 16 gubernatorial election in the state.
The apex court, in a unanimous judgement by a five-man panel of justices, dismissed an appeal that was lodged against Adeleke by Prince Dotun Babayemi who laid claim to the governorship ticket of the PDP.
Babayemi emerged from a parallel primary election that was held by a faction of the party in the State.
Counsel to the Appellant, Mr. Adebayo Adelodun, SAN, withdrew the appeal after the panel led by Justice Amina Augie, drew his attention to the fact that the case was statute barred.
The panel had maintained that the appeal was incompetent, stressing that it was filed outside the 14 days period provided by the law.
Tinubu absent as Atiku, Peter Obi sign peace pact
The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, was absent as the presidential candidates of other political parties signed the now-customary peace pact at the International Conference Centre (ICC) Abuja.
However, Tinubu’s running mate, Kashim Shettima, was present at the signing on Thursday alongside, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, Peter Obi of the Labour Party, Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria Peoples Party among others.
Naija News 247 had reported that former Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, said he does not have firsthand information about the whereabouts of Tinubu while featuring on Channels Television’s programme, Politics Today, on Wednesday night.
It will be recalled that the Independent National Electoral Commission on September 21, 2022, released the final list of candidates for national elections, namely presidential, senatorial and federal constituencies, in line with the 2023 elections timetable earlier released in the year.
The list contained 36 presidential candidates and the running mates of 18 political parties. Also, a total of 4,223 candidates will battle for 469 legislative positions (senatorial and federal constituencies) at the federal level.
Court sacks Ahmed Lawan as APC senatorial candidate
Federal High Court sitting in Damaturu has ruled that Bashir Shariff Machina is the duly elected candidate for Yobe North Senatorial District.
Consequently, the presiding judge, Justice Fadimatu Murtala, ordered the All Progressives Congress (APC) to submit the name of Machina to INEC.
This is as she affirmed the 28th May 2022 primary election conducted by the party which Machina won.
In a judgement delivered today in Damaturu, Murtala also annulled the parallel primary election of 9th June 2022 that produced President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan.
Counsel to the second dependant Kolawale Balogun told newsmen that his client would be appropriately advised on the next move.
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