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Osinbajo was in court when he was chosen to be VP- Bakare

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My church may not open till end of the year, Pastor Tunde Bakare

Lagos-based preacher, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has asked the Presidency to address the rumours surrounding Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.

Bakare, who is the Serving Overseer, Dominion Hall, Citadel Global Community Church (formerly Latter Rain Assembly) said this while delivering a sermon on Sunday.

There have been reports in the last couple of months about a strained relationship between Osinbajo and the cabal at the Presidency which culminated in the sacking and redeployment of some of the Vice-President’s aides.

Osinbajo was also relieved of some duties such as overseeing the Social Investment Programme and the economic advisory team.

Bakare, however, said there was a need for the Presidency to speak up.

He said, “It is my considered opinion that all the rumour mills and things going around the Vice-President in this nation, the government must address this country and tell the plain truth about what is going on instead of letting people to continue to make guesses that are unprofitable for our nation or anybody.

“And if they don’t want to say anything, then let them not say but stop this nonsense that is going on. You have a moral responsibility to account for the mess that is going on if you don’t stop it.”

Bakare, who was running mate to the President, Maj. Gen Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), in 2011, said he never begged to be Buhari’s running mate.

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He said no one could relegate him having “gained access” to the mountain.

The cleric added, “I didn’t apply to be running mate. I was minding my business when I was called. They gave me access to the mountain and you can’t check me out of the place. No.”

Bakare said the Bible is replete with examples of persons who were nowhere but God elevated them.

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He said characters like Joseph and David received accelerated promotion and ensured that they utilised the opportunity to the full.

The cleric compared that to the case of Osinbajo.

Bakare stated, “I am not sure Osinbajo was a party man. I am not sure he was there when the APC was being formed. I moved the motion for the merger of the CPC and ACN at the Eagle Square. He was not anywhere around there that day.

In fact, I can tell you that he went to the Supreme Court to argue a case on that day when they were looking for him… one day I will tell you the story of what transpired that night.

“Until the kings of the mountain give you access, you cannot do anything on that mountain. But when they give you access, you must know how to carry yourself upon the mountain.”

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Covid-19: Edo death toll hits 50

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The death toll from COVID-19 in Edo State has climbed to 50, with 1,435 people testing positive for the disease.

The state, however, said 840 persons have been discharged from its isolation facilities.

Commissioner for Health Dr Patrick Okundia, who stated these to reporters in Benin City, noted that over 50 per cent of the deaths recorded in the state are within the age category of 60 years and above.

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He urged residents to be cautious in protecting themselves and their loved ones.

Expressing worry over the alarming rate of community spread of the virus, Okundia said there was a need for residents to take responsibility and support the government’s efforts at containing the pandemic across communities.

According to him,

“Physical distancing, compulsory use of face masks, hand hygiene and other epidemiological safety rules must be strictly followed to prevent further spread of COVID-19 and protect the people, especially the elderly, who are most vulnerable to COVID-19.”

The commissioner explained that the state recorded 52 new confirmed cases with 32 tested at the Irrua Specialist Hospital (ISTH) laboratory, while the remaining 20 cases were confirmed at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) laboratory.

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Okundia, however, reiterated the need for citizens to present or report themselves through the state COVID-19 toll-free response lines, following any recent travel from high incidence states or contact with confirmed cases.

 

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NCAA suspends firms’ aircraft

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The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has suspended some aircraft in the fleet of private charter carriers for non-compliance with Operations Specifications Part G, covering aircraft leasing operations.

They include aircraft marked CL604-N605JA (Jedidiah Air), CL604-N880ET (OmniBlu), CL604-N604WL (West Link Airlines), G.IV-N990EA (NestOil), CL601-N253LA (West Link Airlines), G1159A-N313MS (Izy Air) and CL604-G-FABO (Jet Support Services).

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NCAA Director-General, Captain Musa Nuhu, directed the carriers to undergo a full audit in line with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (NCAR).

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Boko Haram: Shekau’s hideout allegedly discovered

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A counter-terrorism expert, David Otto has revealed that the command and control location where Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau conducts jihadists operations has been discovered.

Writing on his Twitter handle @ottotgs, he said the alleged location – deep in the Sambisa Forest – was given as “Sabil-Huda”, though sources said that the place is known within the jihadists circle only as “Farisu.”

It is understood that the insurgents led by Shekau, other senior commanders and members of the Shura council usually converge in the highly fortified ‘Farisu’ camp to observe Friday Jummat prayers at an approximate local time of 12:30 pm and 1:00 pm.

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Other nearby active camps in ‘Farisu’ which host thousands of jihadist fighters, abducted women and children include Garin Kago, Garin Maluma, Daurul Tauhid and Tokombare, etc.

Many of the active Boko Haram camps in ‘Farisu’ have been bombarded by the Nigerian Army artillery and Nigerian Air Force bombs several times but because of the strategic position, the insurgents always find a safe haven in ‘Farisu’ to conduct their activities. Sabil-Huda or ‘Farisu’ also serves as a jihadists market for the sales of basic items such as telephone cards, charging of phones and provision stores.

The bloodthirsty jihadist leader is known to command and control about 25 Boko Haram jihadist camps headed by unit commanders within remote locations in the deep and marshy Sambisa Forest.

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Sources with knowledge of these camps say each Boko Haram camp is likely to contain approximately 1000 fighters. But the number is said to have been significantly diminished by ongoing precision aerial strikes from the Nigerian Air Force, Nigerian Army under the auspices of Operation LAFIYA DOLE and the Multi- National Joint Task Force (MNJTF).

Sources further revealed that the permanent hiding place of Abubakar Shekau is a protected location within the thick and rocky forest of Firgi after a previous hideout was overrun in December 2016 and again as recently as March 2020.

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The erratic and bloodthirsty leader is protected by 10 loyal special fighters. He retains possession of about 40 Toyota Hilux mounted with Anti-Aircraft guns, 2 Armoured tanks and 2 APCs, all carefully concealed under the thickness of the Firgi forest.

His selected location provides absolute camouflage from the aerial radar of the Nigerian Air Force reconnaissance.

Shekau sleeps in refurbished deep natural tunnels protected by heavy rocks with mines planted at vulnerable locations.

His final location is only accessible by foot and only a selected handful of his bodyguards are allowed to enter his last dungeon.

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