We don’t buy arms, we produce locally - IPOB tells DSS

The Indigenous People of Biafra has said it produces its arms locally.

The secessionist group stated this on Thursday while debunking allegation credited to the Department of State Services that IPOB was plotting to attack banks to get money to purchase arms.

The Media and Publicity Secretary of the group, Emma Powerful, described the allegation as a poor script.

He said, “We are not looking for money to buy arms because we produce our arms locally.

While assuring banks in the area of safety, the pro-Biafra publicist said IPOB members were freedom fighters and not criminals.

The group’s statement read in part, “The DSS is propelling this wicked propaganda to blackmail Eastern Security Network and IPOB, and dent our global reputation.

“IPOB and ESN are not criminals and we have no plans or agenda to touch any institution particularly banks.

“We are not looking for money to buy arms because we produce our arms locally and cannot attack or kidnap anybody for ransom. “We don’t inflict pains on the people we are fighting for their freedom. DSS must stop this rubbish and engage their time on something more meaningful. This poor script cannot fly… ESN has never left its mandate which is to defend Biafra land against Fulani terrorists and killer herdsmen.”

The statement added, “All banks in Biafraland must be wary of the DSS because it is possible they are planning to sponsor attacks on banks and turn around as usual to blame it on IPOB and ESN.”

The group added that any armed robbery gang that would in an attempt to tarnish the reputation of IPOB and ESN would regret their action. Punch

Militia kill three persons in Taraba community, injure several others

No fewer than three persons have been killed in Taraba State by suspected militias from the neighboring Benue State.

This, as observed by Dailypost, is coming when the people of the community are still in tears following recent windstorm that destroyed goods worth millions of Naira in the community.

The attackers, who launched their terrorism act on Rafinkada community of Wukari local government council Thursday, were said to have killed three persons, including two women and an elderly man.

The attack, which Dailypost noticed, has further frustrated the peace efforts of the State Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku.

An eyewitness, who claimed to have narrowly escaped the scene, said the attackers stormed the village in their numbers on motorbikes, in the early hours of the day, shooting sporadically.

Several other persons were said to have sustained various degrees of injuries from gunshots.

The attack came barely three weeks after three farmers were gruesomely murdered in their farms located in the same council while preparing the soil for the forthcoming farming season.

Several sources from the affected community who spoke through telephone conversations with Dailypost, also claimed that the situation had forced several residents of the community to flee their homes.

Another source told our correspondent that apart from his mother, his younger brother was also killed.

The council chairman, Daniel Adi expressed dismay at the attack, which he ascribed to the “Tiv militias from Benue State.”

Also confirming the attack, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), David Misal said the command was aware of the development and that there were efforts to track down the perpetrators. Dailypost

EPL: Hargreaves names 2 players Man U should sign this summer instead of Haaland, Kane

Former Bayern Munich midfielder, Owen Hargreaves has named Jadon Sancho and Raphinha as two players Manchester United should sign this summer.

The Red Devils are among the top European clubs jostling for the signature of Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland, while they also have a long-standing interest in Tottenham’s Harry Kane

Hargreaves, a former Manchester United star, is advising them to shun the idea of signing Haaland and Kane both who are likely to cost £150m and instead keep Edinson Cavani for another season.

He believes United should keep the veteran striker and focus their efforts on bringing a new centre-half, a central midfielder and a right winger.

“With Cavani there he is almost an insurance policy and you can maybe go spend the money on three other players in important positions,” Hargreaves told BT Sport.

“Cavani, if he played the whole season, he could get you 25 goals.

“They are the second highest scorers in the Premier League already, is it really their biggest issue? Everybody could do with Harry Kane or Erling Haaland.

“Some of their best players are Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Bruno Fernandes. Those boys will get you enough goals.

“Bring in another centre back, central midfielder and get another right winger.

“I think to go find a winger, Jadon Sancho would be amazing.

“You think about Raphinha at Leeds, you think about what he could do at this United team. You can’t spend £100m on every player.” Dailypost

‘Boko Haram not in control of Damasak’ - Army releases video evidence

The Nigerian army says Boko Haram insurgents are not in control of Damasak, a community in Mobbar LGA of Borno state. 

The insurgents had attacked villages around Damasak on Wednesday night, leaving several residents displaced. 

Mohammed Yerima, the army’s spokesperson, in a statement on Thursday, said reports that the insurgents overran the area were misinformation. 

“There was an attack by the terrorists sometime yesterday but they were effectively repelled by own troops,” he said. 

“As we speak, troops are in total control of the general area and as can be seen in the attached video, the Commander of  5 Brigade, Brig Gen SS Tilawan, is driving round the town earlier this afternoon to assess the general situation following the cowardly attack by the terrorists who sneaked in from the northern flank yesterday in active collaboration of some local informants.

“The Nigerian Army wishes to assure residents of Damasak and adjoining communities to remain calm as mop operation by the troops are ongoing to flush out the remnant of the terrorists who attacked a section of the town.”

Yerima also released a video showing SS Tilawan, the 5 brigade commander, moving around the streets with his soldiers. 

“Today is the 15th of April, everything is working in Damasak,” the commander can be heard saying. 

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Zamfara police arrest 7 serving military officers involved in banditry

The Zamfara State government has revealed that the state police command arrested seven serving military officers who were allegedly deeply involved in banditry activities.

Dailypost reports that they are said to be supplying bandits with logistics and information.

Addressing newsmen at the state ministry of information in Gusau, the state capital, the commissioner for information, Hon. Ibrahim Magaji Dosara said that the police command informed the government that the seven serving military men have been sabotaging the peace accord and reconciliation program by the present administration.

According to the Hon. Dosara, the information from the police revealed that the police command arrested the logistics’ suppliers to the bandits with enough exhibits that are capable of dealing with them by the laws of the land.

The commissioner explained that the suspects have already been interrogated by the police, saying that many of the suspects have made confessional statements on their respective crimes.

“The suspects have since been handed over to their appropriate security authorities for further necessary actions. We feel obliged not to disclose their identities as the security agencies concerned are on top of the issue,” Dosara added.

Speaking further, the commissioner explained that one of the suspects was caught in possession of 20 rounds of 62mm of live ammunition at a point of handling over to the buyer, one Kabiru Bashiru of Maniya village, a suspected active bandit, having received advance payment of N100,000

“The second suspect from Sokoto State was caught by detectives supplying military uniforms and kits to suspected bandits. Nine military bulletproof, four sets of military camouflage uniforms, five pairs of military hand globes, 2 First bank ATM, 1 Nigeria Army ID Card and one Samsung Android handset.

“In a similar effort, on 1st of April, 2021, a team of police men attached to Serious Crime Unit (SCU), while acting on intelligence and credibly information intercepted two suspects from Zurmi and Shinkafi Local Government Areas of the state allegedly supplying bandits with ammunitions and military camouflage from Lagos,” he said.

Continuing, the commissioner said on the 31st of March, 2021, another team of policemen on patrol along Wanke – Dansadau road arrested another suspect from Rukuja area of Musawa Local Government Area of Katsina state, stressing that in the course of interrogation, the suspect was discovered to be from one of the hideouts in the forest of Dansandau, pointing out that while searching through his handset, the suspect’s picture was discovered holding AK47 rifle and other sophisticated weapons belonging to him.

According to the commissioner, the fifth suspect from Kamarwa village of Sokoto State, who is a medical doctor was arrested by operation Puff Adder policemen for allegedly supplying military kits to suspected bandits within Shinkafi axis on the 4th of April, saying that ten pairs of military jingle boots, five sets of shingers and military hand globes were recovered from the suspect.

Dosara further explained that another suspect on the 4th of April, 2021 was caught by a team of police men attached to Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU) (Base 18 Gusau in possession of two locally made guns, 12 live cartridges, bunch of charms and cash amounting to N523,000.

However, it could be recalled that the Governor, Hon. Bello Mohammed Matawalle recently said that people would be shocked to know those aiding and abetting the dastardly act of armed banditry in the State and beyond.

Our correspondent reports that the revelation of the security operatives involved in sabotaging military operations and actions against bandits in the state is a clear testimony to the Governor’s statement. Dailypost

Europa League: Keown singles out 2 Arsenal players after 4-0 win at Slavia Prague

Former Arsenal defender, Martin Keown, has singled out Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka for praise, following a 4-0 win over Slavia Prague in the Europa League on Thursday night.

The Gunners qualified for the semi-final, thanks to goals from Nicolas Pepe, Alexandre Lacazette and Saka,

Mikel Arteta’s men progressed with a 5-1 aggregate result.

“From the back to the midfield… and up front, you look at Saka and Smith Rowe, they are real talents.

“Absolutely outstanding. Saka, he can play almost anywhere. We were listening to his PE teacher tell us what a good player he was in any position, he proved that tonight.

“This fella [Smith Rowe], two nutmegs and the composure there. How’s he getting through there [when assisting Pepe’s goal]? He’s got composure determination, he doesn’t panic and this is really clever, little nutmeg and a second one with the pass.

“I’m really pleased actually, it’s the young players coming from the academy that are leading the way. It’s about bolting players on to that, they’re the present and the future and they’re showing that tonight,” Keown said on BT Sport. Dailypost

Osun: FG donates relief materials to Odo-Ogbe market fire victims

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in charge of Ekiti, Ondo and Osun States, in collaboration with the Osun State Emergency Management Agency, OSEMA has donated relief materials to the victims of the fire outbreak of Odo-Ogbe market in Ile Ife, Osun State.

The agency donated items like roofing sheets, nails, cement, planks, among others to the affected traders in the market.

The Federal Government agency expressed concern over the huge losses that occasioned the unfortunate Odo-Ogbe main market fire disasters in 2020.

The NEMA, speaking through its representative at the presentation ceremony in Ile Ife, Mr. Simisaye Azeez, maintained that the urgent need to cushion the effects of the inferno on the part of the shop owners, informed its decision to donate the relief materials valued at several millions of naira.

In her welcome address, the Council-Manager, Ife Central Local Government, Mrs Aromolaran Susan appreciated NEMA for the kind gesture, saying it will go a long way in giving the affected victims a renewed sense of hope to start their businesses all over again.

Aromolaran also commended the Governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola for his unrelenting efforts at putting smiles on the faces of the affected victims. Dailypost

Osun suspends three principals over secession preaching

Osun has suspended three principals for allowing a group of secessionists preach to their students.

The group was seen in a viral video indoctrinating the students on secession and Yoruba nationhood.

A statement by Commissioner for Education, Folorunsho Bamisayemi, distanced the state from the secession plan by the group going around Osun schools to preach the secession message of the Yoruba nation to students.

He noted the three principals were suspended for allowing the seditious group into their school premises to speak with the students.

According to him: ” A viral video showed the group talking to the students about the plan of the Yoruba nation to secede from Nigeria.

“The administration of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola was not aware and never gave consent to the group to speak with public school students in the State.

“The administration of Governor Oyetola frowns at any move to disunite the country, the State had never at any point in time associated with any group on what he described as a move that is capable of hindering the unity of the country.

“Nigeria is one entity and will continue to remain so. The State Government of Osun never gave consent to any group to speak with students of public schools on a matter we know can cause disunity and chaos in the country.

“As a Nigerian state, we believe in the Nigerian dream. We urge every Nigerian to pray and work for Nigeria not to break up. As for those principals that allowed such a group into the premises of our schools, they will face the consequences of their actions.

Special Adviser to Governor Oyetola on Education, Hon. Jamiu Olawumi,  said it was unfortunate some unscrupulous elements were going about polluting the minds of young children because they knew they are still naive.

While warning such seditious groups to stay away from  Osun, the Special Adviser said students in the state will continue to be symbols of unity at all times. Thenationonlineng

Lagos State residents paid highest price for petrol in March 2021 – NBS

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has revealed that Lagos State residents paid the highest average price for petrol in the country, in the month of March 2021, at N200.87 per litre; while Adamawa state residents paid the lowest average price in the month of March at N162.17 per litre.

The NBS also revealed that the National Average price/litre of petrol was N172.68 in March 2021 compared to N145.40 in March 2020 and N166.24 in February 2021.

This was disclosed in a report by the NBS CEO, Dr. Yemi Kale, yesterday, April 14, 2021, via his verified Twitter account @sgyemikale.

On kerosene the NBS said:

* National Average Price/litre at N361.29 in March 2020.
* The states with the highest average were Taraba (N466.67), Ebonyi ( N450) and Benue (N448).
* The States with the lowest average prices were Bayelsa (N250), Yobe (N296.43) and Katsina (N318.33)
On Premium Motor Spirit (petrol):

* National Average price/litre at N172.68 in March 2020
* The states with the highest average were Lagos (N200.87), Ebonyi (N184.17) and Niger (N183.50)
* The states with the lowest average prices were Adamawa (N162.17), Taraba (N162.67) and Bauchi (N164).


Champions League semi-final: Zidane Zidane speaks on Real Madrid facing Chelsea

Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, had said playing Chelsea in the Champions League semi-final this year will be a “difficult” game.

Los Blancos qualified for the last four with a 3-1 aggregate win over Liverpool.
Zidane won the quarter-final tie against the Reds in the first leg, as Wednesday’s second leg ended 0-0.

They will now face Chelsea, who eliminated FC Porto on a 2-1 aggregate, for a place in the final.

“The thing I’m most proud of is the personality of my players.

“Chelsea? It’ll be a difficult game, they’re a good side.

“It’s true that my players are at the end of their physical limit, but it is what it takes to reach the end of the season with several titles at stake,” Zidane said. Dailypost

Man Utd vs Granada: Ole Solskjaer adds new player to his squad

Manchester United have added Will Fish, another of their young talents to their Europa League squad, ahead of Thursday’s quarter-final second leg against Granada.

Clubs in UEFA competitions can add as many U-21 players as they want to their ‘B list’ during the season.

United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, named forward Anthony Elanga on the bench for the 2-0 win at Granada in the first leg, after he was included on the list in the days prior to the game.

And now ahead of the second leg, the club have confirmed that 18-year-old Fish is the latest teenager to be called up.

The Manchester-born centre-back could be set for a role in the matchday squad against the LaLiga side.

Fish captained United’s Under-16s and briefly played for the under-18s before becoming a regular in the Under-23s side. Dailypost

Rivers Council boss regains freedom three days to election

The Chairman of Okirika Local Government Area of Rivers State, Philemon Kingoli who was Kidnaped by unknown gunmen has regained his freedom.

The Spokesman of the Rivers State Police Command, Nnamdi Omoni who confirmed his release said the Okirika Local Government Council boss was rescued by men of the Anti-kidnapping Unit of the command.

Omoni who is a Superintendent of Police said Kingoli was rescued in a covert Operation by the Anti Kidnapping Unit.

“The Okirika Council boss was taken to the Hospital, debriefed and released to reunite with his family,” he added.

Kingoli was abducted by gunmen a week ago, around Odili road in Port Harcourt, by gunmen two weeks to the Local Council elections in Rivers State. Dailypost

Yobe Governor, Buni marries Abacha’s daughter, Gumsu Sani

Yobe Governor Mai Mala Buni on Wednesday married Gumsu Sani Abacha in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The marriage was held at the Abuja residence of the new wife’s brother, Mohammed Abacha.

Buni is the All Progressives Congress (APC) Caretaker National Chairman; Gumsu is a daughter of former Head of State, Sani Abacha.

Notable personalities and government officials, including the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Hameed Ali attended.

In 2019, shortly after he assumed office, Buni tied the knot with Ummy, a daughter of his predecessor and incumbent Yobe East Senator Ibrahim Gaidam.

Gumsu, 45, is the governor’s fourth wife. Her marriage to Cameroonian multi-billionaire, Bayero Mohamadou crashed in 2020. Dailypost

Lagos: Trigger-happy vigilante shoots passer-by dead

A passer-by, Musa Yahaya, lost his life after a vigilante, Lukman Rasak, allegedly shot him to death in the Ijora area of Lagos State on Tuesday.

PUNCH Metro gathered that Yahaya was on his way to a destination in the area when Rasak allegedly shot him in the chest around 2pm, and in a bid to save the victim, good Samaritans rushed him to hospital for treatment.

It was learnt that the Seriki-Hausa, Apapa/Iganmu, Alhaji Mele Abacha, reported the incident to the police.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Muyiwa Adejobi, who confirmed the development, said in a statement on Wednesday, that Yahaya died from the bullet wounds he sustained after the vigilante shot him.

Adejobi stated, “Police operatives attached to the Ijora Division of the command, on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, around 2pm, arrested a vigilante member, Lukman Rasak, 30, for shooting one Musa Yahaya, 28, in the chest at Ijora.

“The victim was rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The police were alerted and raced to the scene, arrested the suspect and recovered his gun with some cartridges.”

PUNCH Metro gathered that area boys engaged in supremacy clashes in Ijora on Tuesday.

During the clashes, residents and business owners in the area ran helter-skelter as gunshots rented the air.

In his reaction, Adejobi, said, “Based on our own findings, it is unconfirmed. I have contacted the Area Commander and he said it was not true.”

In another development, Adejobi said policemen attached to the Elemoro Division, on April 14, 2021, around 2am, arrested 17 suspected armed robbers at their hideouts in the area based on credible intelligence.

He stated, “The suspects are Oladapo Job, 22; Abdulraheem Sidibaba, 20; Abdulrasheed Adebayo, 20; Tajudeen Abdullahi; Agbaje Sunday, 21; and 12 others. Items recovered from them are three cut-to-size locally-made pistols and four live cartridges. They are suspected armed robbers alleged to be terrorising and robbing the residents and PoS operators in the Ibeju Lekki area of the state.

“They are giving useful information to the police on their various activities and operations in the Lekki area. The state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered that all the suspects be transferred to the SCIID, Panti, Yaba, for proper investigation and possible prosecution.” Punch

Nigeria: Heavy battle follows multiple attacks on soldiers, Muslims observing Ramadan

Nigerian soldiers have foiled attacks targeted at it and some Muslim faithful during the breaking of Ramadan fast in Borno State.

The terrorists launched multiple assaults in Damasak and Gajiram within Mobbar and Nganzai Local Government Areas respectively.

One of the groups hit a military Super Camp, the second attacked another position along the Maiduguri road, while the third infiltrated through the northern axis.
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) deployed a jet to support ground troops during the invasion.

Two-gun trucks and scores of terrorists were destroyed and killed. Just before the latest strike, the terrorists met at Garin Wanzam, where they strategized.

The military believes the attacks were a tactic to distract the Air Task Force aggressor with night capability. The aircraft conducts regular air raids.

Meanwhile, a terrorist group has released a propaganda video of the April 11 attack on Damasak. Two soldiers and at least two civilians were killed.

The military killed some insurgents on gun trucks. Others were eliminated near the fence of an aid agency’s storage as they attempted to loot food items.
The United Nations (UN) confirmed three international aid partners’ facilities were directly targeted and damaged. Dailypost


Sultan Urges Muslims to Commence Fasting

The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III has declared today, Tuesday, April 13, 2020, the first day of the Holy Month of Ramadan.

He declared that the crescent moon was sighted in almost every part of the country earlier yesterday, Monday, which was the 29th day of the Month of Shaban and thereby signifying that today is the First day of Ramadan 1442.

Sultan Abubakar, however called on the entire Muslim communities in the country to start fast today in accordance with the teachings of Islam

This is coming as the President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, has urged the Muslim Ummah to stress messages of peace, love and national unity as the Holy Month of Ramadan begins across the Islamic world

The Sultan said the council got information of the moon sighting from many Islamic leaders across the country which he said signified the commencement of Ramadan fast.

He urged Muslims to use this month of Ramadan to pray against the spread of COVID-19 in the country and work in line with the directive of government and all other relevant stakeholders in the country.

He also called on the Muslims across the country to use the month of Ramadan to continue to pray for the leaders of the country and also against insecurity in the country.

He implored Islamic clerics and leaders to observe the laid down procedures of Covid-19 by maintaining social distance during the conventional prayers and other activities during the month.

Meanwhile, the President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, has urged the Muslim Ummah to stress messages of peace, love and national unity as the Holy Month of Ramadan begins across the Islamic world.

Lawan, in a statement issued yesterday urged them to remember the Holy Month as a period of fasting, sober reflection, self-discipline and sacrifice.

He said: “I urge us to remember our dear country in our prayers as we seek to overcome the challenges we are facing as a nation. This is in the realisation that Allah is the Almighty, kind and greater than all human problems.

“I enjoin us to stress the importance of peace, love, generosity and unity in our teachings during this sacred period.

“We should also not let down our guards in the observance of COVID-19 non-pharmaceutical protocols in our spiritual and other activities during the Holy Month”.
He wished the Muslim Ummah a blissful Ramadan. Thisdaylive

No going back on NIN, SIM verification - Pantami

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, yesterday, said Federal Government would not go back on the verification of National Identity Number (NIN) and Subscriber Identification Modules (SIM) aimed at curbing the rising insecurity level in the country.

Pantami, while reacting to a report linking him to a particular terror group, tweeted via his official Twitter handle @DrIsaPantami: “On the issue of NIN-SIM verification to fight insecurity, there is no going back. Our priority as a government based on the provision of our constitution 1999 (as amended) Section 14(2)b is security, not just economy. For sure, no going back at all.”

A report, which went viral, yesterday, alleged that the United States placed Pantami on a “terror watch list” for alleged ties with the late Boko Haram founder, Mohammed Yusuf.

The minister, however, said that his lectures against the doctrines and all other evil people have been available for over 15 years. “The lectures include debates that endangered my life against many criminals in Nigeria. If you can’t understand Hausa, get an objective Hausa speaker to translate for you objectively.”

He said that by the grace of his creator, no amount of intimation would stop him from implementing the good policies of President Muhammadu Buhari on security.

“Finally, if you are yet to verify your SIM, using NIN, do it very soon, before our next action. Criminals are feeling the heat.”

Meanwhile, spokesman to the minister, Mrs. Uwa Suleiman, has faulted report in the media (The Guardian not inclusive) alleging that Pantami is on the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Terror Watch List, describing it as propaganda that could only be the last resort of disgruntled enemies of progress.

In an article made available to The Guardian, yesterday, Suleiman observed that one of Pantami’s earliest policies on the registration of SIM cards was aimed at fighting terrorism as it hindered unregulated sale and registration of SIMs. “The current NIN/SIM linkage also seeks to further give impetus to that policy.”

According to Suleiman, it is heartbreaking that while the rest of Africa is scrambling to partner with Pantami, albeit the Digital Economy sector which he has nurtured to global relevance, Nigerians who should take ownership of this generational enigma are at the forefront of a plot to pull him down.

“Just last month, by consensus, Pantami emerged the chairman of West Africa Telecoms Regulatory Assembly, a regional body made up of the highest decision-makers in the industry. That is Africa recognising integrity and patriotism and the way to a future of global reckoning.”

“I am aware that it is not easy to accept the fact that a young man can have intellect, integrity, patriotism, and courage to bring about the much-needed change where most have failed,” she said. Theguardianng

FAAN Nigeria sets rule on drivers picking passengers at airports

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has said that drivers are prohibited from picking up passengers at the frontage of airport terminals.

This is as the agency called for compliance with all laid down protocols on COVID-19 to ensure the safety of all airport users.

In a statement issued by the General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Henrietta Yakubu, FAAN said drivers can only approach the terminals when they want to drop off a departing passenger.

The statement partly read, “The Authority will like to emphasize that in line with government protocols, arriving passengers are to walk down to designated car parks to board their vehicles. No driver is permitted to pick up arriving passenger(s) at the frontage of the terminals.

“All drivers must park and wait inside the car parks while arriving passengers walk down to the car parks to board their vehicles.

“For departing passengers, drivers are only allowed to drop off passengers in front of the terminals. They are not permitted to wait for any reason after dropping their passengers, it is only a “Drop Off” zone.

“We will like to advise all our esteemed customers to strictly adhere to these rules, to ease facilitation and enhance the safety of all airport users.” Punch

Cement cheaper in Nigeria than Zambia, Ghana others - Dangote

The management of Dangote Cement Plc has clarified that the price of a bag of cement from its factories and plants across Nigeria (as at 12th April, 2021) is N2,450 in Obajana and Gboko, and N2,510 in Ibese inclusive of VAT.

The Company in a statement stated that the clarification was made in view of recent insinuations that the company sells cement in Nigeria at significantly higher prices relative to other countries, particularly Ghana and Zambia.

Dangote’s Group Executive Director, Strategy, Portfolio Development & Capital Projects, Devakumar Edwin according to the statement revealed that, while a bag of Cement sells for an equivalent of $5.1, including VAT in Nigeria, it sells for $7.2 in Ghana and $5.95 in Zambia ex-factory, inclusive of all taxes.

He said that though the Company has direct control over its ex-factory prices, it cannot control the ultimate price of cement when it gets to the market.

He advised that it is important to distinguish Dangote’s ex-factory prices from prices at which retailers sell cement in the market.

He, therefore, frowned at what he described as intentional misinformation or demarketing, allegedly sponsored by some individuals, that Dangote sells its cement at higher prices in Nigeria relative to other African countries at the expense of Nigerians.

He described the allegation as false, misleading, and unfounded, while giving the media persons present at the press conference copies of invoices from Nigeria and some other African countries (Cameroun, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Zambia), and urging them to conduct independent investigations on the price of cement across the West African(W/A) coast.

Edwin further explained that while Dangote cement has 60% share of the market, other companies have the remaining 40%.

He further explained that “Demand for cement has risen globally as a fallout of the COVID crisis. Nigeria is no exception as a combination of monetary policy changes and low returns from the capital market has resulted in a significant increase in construction activity.

“To ensure that we meet local demand, we had to suspend exports from our recently commissioned export terminals, thereby foregoing dollar earnings.

“We also had to reactivate our 4.5m ton capacity Gboko Plant which was closed 4 years ago and run it at a higher cost all in a bid to guarantee that we meet demand and keep the price of Cement within control in the country.”

He said: “Over the past 15 months, our production costs have gone up significantly. About 50% of our costs are linked to USD so the cost of critical components like: gas, gypsum, bags, and spare parts; has increased significantly due to devaluation of the Naira and VAT increase.

“Despite this, Dangote Cement has not increased ex-factory prices since December 2019 till date while prices of most other building materials have gone up significantly.” Vanguardngr

2 arrested as man slumps, dies during argument in Lagos pub

Operatives of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested two suspects for the alleged killing of one Osita Anwuanwu, 64, in the Arida area of Ikotun.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, said in a statement on Sunday that the daughter of the deceased said he had an argument with the suspects and slumped in the process, adding that the suspects had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Panti, Yaba, for further investigation.

He said, “Operatives of the Lagos State Police Command have again arrested two suspects for the alleged killing of one Osita Anwuanwu, 64, in the Ikotun area of Lagos State on April 8, 2021, around 8.45pm.

“The daughter of the deceased, Linda Anwuanwu, reported to the police at Ikotun Division that she was informed that her father, one Osita Anwuanwu, 64, was lying unconscious in a pub at Arida after he had a misunderstanding with one Ngozi Emezue, 38, and Juliet Eguebor, 35. Police operatives from the Ikotun Division raced to the scene and rushed the deceased to the General Hospital, Igando, where he was certified dead.

“According to preliminary investigation by the police, the deceased had gone to check his lady friend, Juliet, who he had not seen for some time, at Ngozi’s pub, where he and the suspects engaged in a hot argument and physical assault before he slumped.

“The two suspects have been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Panti, Yaba, for proper investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Mr Osita Anwuanwu.”

Similarly, the police personnel attached to the Ikorodu Division have arrested one Wisdom Okoro, 50, from Orlu in Imo State, for the sudden death of his girlfriend, one Enobong Udoh, 38, on April 11, 2021, around 10.45am.

Adejobi stated, “One Blessing Pius reported to the police that the deceased was found dead in her house, opposite Meras Hotel, along Igbogbo Road, Ikorodu, on April 11, 2021, around 10am.

“Police operatives swung into action and invited her boyfriend for interrogation and he, Wisdom Okoro, confessed that the deceased informed him that she was pregnant In February and he was in her house to check on her on April 10, 2021, around 5.14pm when the deceased informed him that she had terminated her pregnancy.

“The utterances of Wisdom revealed that he had some questions to answer. The state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered that he should be transferred to the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Panti, Yaba for further investigation.
“The CP assured the general public, especially Lagosians, of thorough investigation into the cases for justice to prevail.” Punch
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