There was pandemonium in Gbongan, a community in Ayedade local government area of Osun State, when residents of the rustic area discovered a ritualist’s den in their midst.
It was reliably gathered that the discovery was aided by offensive odour oozing out of a particular building located at Idifa, Ile-Eesu compound in Gbongan.
Suspicious of what might be the source of the odour, residents of the community alerted other people, who broke into the four-room building, being occupied by a yet-to-be identified man as of the time of filing this report.
After gaining assess into the building, they were shocked to discover three human heads and some other rotten parts of human body.
This development came barely 13 days after a 38-year old man, Ajibade Rasheed was arrested by Police in Osogbo, with fresh human head, two palms, intestine and other body parts
However, the suspected ritualist, who is occupant of the building in Gbongan was eventually apprehended and handed over to the Police.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of Osun State Police command, Mrs Folasade Odoro confirmed the incident, saying that the investigation was ongoing, with a view to arresting other culprits, who had fled after the discovery of the ritualist’s den.
The Lassa fever epidemic which started as a rumour some weeks ago in Ondo State, has fully manifested, with five persons now hospitalized for being infected with the disease.
The reports emerged three weeks of a student of Achievers University, Owo, infected with the disease and hospitalised at the Federal Medical Centre in Owo.
According to Premium Times, as soon as the student was confirmed as having the disease, parents and students of the institution pestered the management to take a drastic measure to ensure the safety of students.
According to sources at the school, the anxiety was getting out of control, leading the management to declare a three weeks mid-semester break for the students.
Officials at the Ondo State Ministry of Health confirmed the development, saying five persons have so far been diagnosed with the disease in the state.
The Permanent Secretary of the state’s Ministry of Health, Taye Oni, told journalists in Akure that two cases were recorded in Owo Local Government Area and two in Akoko North-West Local Government Area.
President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote has lauded the decision of the Federal Government to reconstruct the failed Apapa Wharf road as its grim state serves as both an embarrassment to the country and a huge financial loss to the government on a weekly basis.
Dangote who spoke on Tuesday said “The economy loses more than 20 billion daily and it affects all businesses across the country. All our operations in the hinterland in Ilorin, in Kano are operating at 40 per cent maximum capacity”
Lamenting the state of road infrastructure in the country, Dangote said: “Today there is no linkage road going from South West to the North. You have to go all the way through Ajaokuta, Obajana, lokoja and you have to go by the uncompleted road Obasanjo started 13years ago.”
Commenting on his resolve to personally get involved in the Apapa Wharf road reconstruction, he said: “Because it is very embarrassing! We can’t just sit and have a road like that in the heart of trade in Nigeria. More than 60 per cent of our country’s import and exports come through the port and we leave it un-attended. That is why we started on our own. Flour mills said they will join us, but now government changed the design because they want all the cables and pipes underground and to have a more robust solution.”
Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, yesterday said he will ensure the arrest of the Arewa youths who issued quit notice to Igbo in the North no matter how long it takes.
El-Rufai who spoke while receiving leaders of the Igbo Delegate Assembly and Northern Igbo Chiefs who paid him a visit at Government House Kaduna, said the youths would be arrested and prosecuted to serve as deterrent to others.
He however called on the Igbo leaders to prevail on their youths to stop making statements capable of dividing Nigeria.
El-Rufai said, “Kaduna used to be a home for all, but so much crisis has divided the state and the metropolis across religious lines. As a government that is why we abolished indigeneship, once you live in Kaduna you are an indigene. We are going to arrest the Arewa Youths and bring them to justice no matter how long it takes.”
The President General Igbo Delegate Assembly, Chief Chikezie Nwogu, in his reaction, said the Igbo were not going anywhere but would remain in the North.
“We want the government to tackle the root cause of agitations and subsequent quit notice by Northern youths and find solution. We are not happy with the call for division. We want Nigeria as one so that all of us can benefit. Northern youths have been our brothers,” he said.
Former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro has denied media reports that he has defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Obanikoro cleared the air in series of tweets on Tuesday from his Twitter handle @MObanikoro. The report had said that Mr. Obanikoro announced his defection at a press conference in Lagos and was received to the APC by a former chieftain of the PDP, Lukman Ajose, who recently defected to the ruling party. However, the PDP chieftain took to micro blogging site, Twitter to deny the report, adding that he only attended the townhall meeting of Remi Tinubu, the wife of APC national leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Obaniko wrote: ” As a Constituent of Lagos Central Senatorial District, I today attended Sen. Remi Tinubu’s Townhall Meeting to support her good work.. ” My attendance has been insinuated wrongly in the media but all such speculations remain firmly in the realm of rumours and imaginations. ” I commend Sen. Remi Tinubu once again as I continue to consult with my political associates and friends in Lagos, and also across Nigeria. ” Whatever the future holds politically for us, it will be openly done by us and seen by all but right now, please disregard those rumours”, Obanikoro added.
The elder brother of Mrs. Uchenna Precious Onwuamadike, wife of the dreaded kidnap kingpin, Mr. Chidumeme Onwuamadike, a.k.a Evans, Mr. Chukwuemeka Okoye said yesterday that his sister has not visited her village at Awo Oraifite in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State since she got married in 2006.
According to him, even when their father died in 2014, Uchenna, who is the last of 13 children of the Okoyes, and her husband, Evans, did not attend the burial. He said that he has not been communicating with his sister even on telephone, adding that he does not even know that she is married with five children. When shown the photograph of his sister and her five children, Chukwuemeka, a farmer and a daily paid job man at Oraifite market said he would not be able to identify his brother in-law, Evans, if they meet.
Uchenna’s cousin, a Reverend of the Anglican Church, who preferred anonymity said they did not know much about Uchenna because she was not communicating with the family, adding that he only knew about their present situation from the internet.