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Nigerians protest in Lagos over high cost of living

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The protesters who are said to be market women and men as well as youths carried different kinds of placards to the Ibeju-Lekki area of the state to vent their grievances against the government over the hardship.

During the protest in the Ibeju-Lekki area of Lagos, the women carried placards with inscriptions such as “Baba Tinubu, Nigerians are hungry”, and ‘Tinubu, come and rescue us”, among others.

Over the past few days, some Nigerians have taken to the streets in protest in Kogi, Osun, Niger, and Kano states over the rising cost of living in the country.

Since the removal of the petrol subsidy in May 2023, prices of commodities in the country have been going up.

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Prof. Itse Sagay has said the sudden manner in which President Bola Tinubu removed the fuel subsidy in his inaugural speech on May 29, 2023, created untold hardship for Nigerians. 

Sagay, who served as the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Corruption under former President Mohammed Buhari made this known in an interview aired on Channels Television on Friday.

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BREAKING: School Building Collapses In Jos, Students Trapped

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By Kayode Sanni-Arewa

A two-storey building housing Saints Academy School located in Busa Buji, Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State collapsed on Friday morning, leaving scores injured

The building caved in while school was in session as the secondary school students were receiving lectures.

Rescue operation is ongoing, with security agencies and rescue operators battling with excavators to rescue students and teachers buried under the rubble.

The number of casualty figures has yet to be ascertained.

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Gunmen Kidnap Ex-Ekiti Varsity Don Professor Olaofe, Demand N50m Ransom

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Gunmen on Tuesday abducted a former Deputy Vice Chancellor of Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti (EKSU), Professor Femi Olaofe, in his residence at Housing Estate, Ado- Ekiti, Ekiti State capital.

Olaofe, a native of Are-Ekiti, Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government Area, is a Professor of Industrial Chemistry, who recently retired from the Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti.

An Eyewitness, who pleaded anonymity, revealed that Professor Olaofe returned to Ado Ekiti on Monday after a short visit to Lagos, where he had gone to see his children.

“We saw him on Monday when he returned from his trip to Lagos. We greeted and exchanged pleasantries. We also saw his gateman who lives with him. As a retired Professor, his house is very calm and always quiet. We have been neighbours for a long time. Anytime he drives out he will always wait to say hello.

“On Tuesday, we noticed that the gate of his house was left opened. This was strange, because the gate is always closed. We approached the gate with the intention to call the security man to shut the gate. We called the security man, there was no answer.

“We made our way into the living room, as we got closer, we noticed the door to the living room was widely opened. We shouted Professor thrice! There was no response. We decided to go around the compound, and yet we couldn’t find anyone.

“At this point we became suspicious that something had happened. We thereafter, decided to approach the Divisional Police Station, Housing Estate where we made a report. The police quickly swung into action.

“It was yesterday that we had a report of how some kidnappers came into his house and demanded for the key to his car. We learnt that he was taken away in the car along with his security man.”

Meanwhile, the Are- Ekiti Development Association (ÀŔEDAA) has charged the Ekiti State Police Command to do everything humanly possible to secure the release of the Don, as the kidnappers are demanding for N50 million ransom.

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Police arrest couple over attempt to sell son, travel abroad

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The Police Command in Lagos State says it has arrested a couple (name withheld), over an alleged attempt to sell their two-year-old son to travel to Canada.

The command’s spokesperson, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Lagos.

Mr Hundeyin said that the couple, aged 28 and 22, were arrested on Tuesday, while attempting to sell the boy off.

The spokesperson said that on Tuesday, at about 2.45 p.m., the Isolo Divisional Police Officer, DPO, received information that a couple went to Isolo General hospital and declared their intention to sell their baby boy.

“Upon receipt of the information, operatives from the station moved swiftly to the hospital where they were about to sell their child.

“The baby’s age is two and he has been rescued. Upon interrogation, the couple confessed that they decided to sell the baby to enable the man to travel to Canada for a greener pasture.

“However, the investigation is ongoing,” he said.

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