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Grid Collapse Triggers Nationwide Blackout

Electricity distribution companies have confirmed the collapse of the national grid which plunged parts of the country into total blackout for hours on Sunday.

Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) tweeted: “Dear customer, the outage you’re experiencing is due to a system collapse on the National Grid. We are working with our TCN partners to restore supply as soon as possible. Please bear with us.”

Kaduna Electric also tweeted: “We regret to inform you that the loss of power supply in our franchise – Kaduna, Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states – is as a result of the collapse of the national grid. The collapse occurred at about 11:26 am this morning.

“Supply shall be restored as soon as the grid is back up. We regret all inconveniences.”

The grid, which is being managed by government-owned Transmission Company of Nigeria, has continued to suffer system collapse over the years amid a lack of spinning reserve that is meant to forestall such occurrences.

Meanwhile, the EKEDC reported on November 13 the partial collapse on the national grid.

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Police Arrest Suspects As Explosion Rocks Nyesom Wike Father’s Church

Rivers State Police Command has arrested three suspects believed to be connected to explosives which went off at Christain Universal Church International, located at Mile 3, Diobu area of Port Harcourt.

It was gathered that the church is run by the father of Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike.

A local security outfit in the area foiled the suspects’ escape plan, it was gathered.

About five suspects attacked the church around 8 pm on Saturday.

Narrating the incident to the news media, the assistant chief security officer of Azikiwe Street Security Collins Johnbull said one of his men is receiving treatment after being shot while chasing the suspects.

He said, “On Saturday, 28th day of November, 2020, while I was on my duty post, we observed some movements around 8 pm to 9 pm and we were on the alert, before then we saw some strange faces, about five of them, that entered into the governor’s father’s church and we thought they were church members having their normal evening programme, but we were suspicious of them because of the way they were moving.

“About five minutes after the boys entered the church, there was an explosion, we heard a banging noise like that of a bomb from the church and we immediately approached the church and saw them (the suspects) jumping out of the church wearing masks and carrying guns and started shooting at my men.

“By God’s grace, we were able to apprehend three of the criminals that attacked the church, while two escaped. We did everything in our power to apprehend the hoodlums, as we are talking now, one of my men who was hit by a bullet is receiving treatment.”

Rivers police spokesman Nnamdi Omoni confirmed the attack and arrests, adding “the church has been swept by the bomb department.”

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Boko Haram Kills 110 Farmers In Nigeria Attack — UN

The United Nations on Sunday said Boko Haram fighters killed at least 110 in Koshobe and other rural communities in Jere Local Government Area of Borno State on Saturday.

The UN released the figure in a statement by its humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria Edward Kallon.

AFP had reported that 43 farmers were killed in the attack.

But Kallon, who described the killing as gruesome, said: “Armed men on motorcycles led a brutal attack on civilian men and women who were harvesting their fields.

“At least 110 civilians were ruthlessly killed and many others were wounded in this attack.

“The incident is the most violent direct attack against innocent civilians this year.

“I call for the perpetrators of this heinous and senseless act to be brought to justice.”

Reports had also suggested the attackers first took the farmers hostage, tied them up before slitting their throats.

It was also reported that some of the farmers sustained gunshot wounds and others kidnapped.

“We have also received reports that several women may have been kidnapped. I call for their immediate release and return to safety. My thoughts are also with the rural communities in the area who are shocked by the brutality of yesterday’s (Saturday’s) attack and fear for their safety,” Kallon added.

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Wife of Akeredolu’s Chief Of Staff Kidnapped

Wife of Olugbenga Ale the chief of staff to Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has been abducted, police have said.

It was gathered that Mrs Ale was taken into hostage alongside her driver and one other person along Ondo-Akure Expressway on Thursday night.

Ondo police spokesman Tee-Leo Ikoro confirmed the incident on Friday.

The incident comes in the wake of the killing of the Olufon of Ifon Oba Israel Adeusi.

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Delivery Driver Raped Woman After Offering Her A Lift Home

A takeaway conveyance driver in the UK has been seen as liable of assaulting a lady he attracted into his vehicle prior to completing the horrendous assault.

52-year-old Naiem Malik Suleman offered the 22-year-elderly person a lift in his vehicle after she had separated from her companions on a night out on January 19, 2019. Yet, rather than taking her home, the court heard that he assaulted her.

Afterward, when she showed up home after the assault in Coventry, she had on a coat bearing the logo of the conveyance firm Suleman worked for. She likewise had wounding around her neck and scratches constantly on her, Warwick Crown Court heard.

Suleman, of no fixed location, denied the charge yet criminological proof from her garments connected him to the assault and he was sentenced at Warwick Crown Court.

DC Becci Jones, from the power’s Public Protection Unit, stated: “It disheartens us that all through this case Suleman denied assaulting the lady – which means she likewise needed to bear a court preliminary.

“Yet, with the help of our exceptionally prepared officials she stayed solid and versatile and with her assist we with having now made sure about his conviction. We trust that this will bring her some solace and wish her well for what’s to come.”

Suleman remains remanded in authority for condemning in January 2021.

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Lagos By-Election: Abiru Institutes N1bn Suit against PDP Media Director

Senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the December 5 bye-election in Lagos East Tokunbo Abiru has filed a N1billion libel suit against the media director of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senatorial campaign for the election Adetokunbo Pearse.

Mr Abiru filed the suit marked ID/ADR/1608/2020 through his lawyer Kemi Pinheiro at the Ikeja High Court in Lagos.

He said Mr Pearson caused malicious falsehood to be published and circulated against him on social media.

In his November 20 statement of claim, Abiru said that on October 4, his attention was drawn to a publication making the rounds on social media platforms, titled ‘Why Adetokunbo Mukail Abiru must be disqualified from 31st October 2020 Lagos East senatorial race.’

The publication, allegedly by Pearson, described Abiru as having the reputation of a rogue banker under whose watch Skye Bank collapsed.

“Today, Polaris Bank customers and shareholders are accusing him of fraud. His customers at the bank have convicted him of financial misconduct in the court of public opinion,” the publication alleged.

Abiru asked the court to direct the “defendant to tender an unreserved apology in the form and manner to be prescribed by the solicitors to the claimant and publish same in one full page insertion in three national dailies to wit: ThisDay, The Guardian and Punch Newspaper within 72 hours of the judgment of this Honourable Court, and all social media platforms including, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.”

The court is yet to set a date to hear the suit.

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BBNaija’s Tolani Baj Visits Royal Majesty, Kabiru Adewale Shotobu Of Ikorodu

Big Brother Naija star TolaniBaj has visited the Ayangburen of Ikorodu Oba Kabiru Adewale Shotobi.

The 28-year-old in an Instagram post shared pictures from her visit.

She said she is a brand beyond entertainment.

“Tolani Baj is a brand beyond entertainment. The goal is to be a woman of power, influence & inspiration,” she wrote on Wednesday.

Born Tolani Shobajo, TolaniBaj is an artist and repertoire (A&R) who has worked with the Universal Music Group, Aristocrats Records, Tooexclusive and Pulse TV.

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I Will Give Up Power If Electoral College Votes Biden In December — Trump

President Donald Trump gave insubordinate Thanksgiving comments at the White House Thursday, demanding dishonestly that he beat Joe Biden and faltering on whether he could actually surrender or go to Biden’s introduction.

It was the first run through Trump reacted to inquiries from journalists since the political decision.

He said if the appointive school affirms Biden’s triumph, “they’ve committed an error,” yet that he would surrender force and take off from the White House.

“Absolutely I will, and you realize that,” Trump said in comments in the wake of talking through videoconference to U.S. troops to stamp the Thanksgiving occasion.

Trump twice declined to state he would officially surrender however, adding that would be a hard activity. He additionally kept on grumbling about what he called an extortion in the classification of votes from the Nov. 3 political race.

There is no proof of an inescapable extortion, and various states have guaranteed the outcomes.

The Electoral College balloters in each state are to cast a ballot Dec. 14. Authentications recording the appointive vote brings about each state must be gotten by the leader of the Senate no later than Dec. 23.

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