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Pirates kidnap nine Nigerians in Niger Delta

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Pirates attacked an oil production vessel off Nigeria in the early hours of Thursday and kidnapped nine Nigerian nationals, the ship’s owner BW Offshore said.

The Sendje Berge ship was undergoing maintenance when the attack happened, BW Offshore’s Chief Financial Officer Staale Andreassen told Reuters.

The Oslo-listed company said none of the people remaining on the vessel was injured.

“We are working now with the Nigerian authorities to get those nine people safely back,” Andreassen added.

The vessel, a floating production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) that can produce about 50,000 barrels per day, was working at the Okwori oilfield operated by Addax Petroleum, a part of China’s Sinopec Group.

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A maritime security firm Dryad Global, citing unidentified reports, said the attack involved three boats and explosives, making it unusual.

Andreassen said he could not confirm that a number of boats had been involved, but denied that explosives were used during the attack.

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Kwara records seven new cases of COVID-19

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Kwara has recorded seven new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 833.

Mr. Rafiu Ajakaye, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor and Spokesman of the State Technical Committee on COVID-19, made this known in a statement issued on Sunday in Ilorin.

According to him, out of the 833 confirmed cases, 462 patients have been discharged, leaving 352 active cases in the state.

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Ajakaye said 19 deaths had also been recorded out of the 3, 785 people who tested positive for the virus.
He added that 2, 844 people had tested negative for COVID-19, while 108 tests were still being awaited.

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Kashamu maneuvered law, politics to escape justice on alleged crimes but couldn’t beat death – Obasanjo

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Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo has reacted to the death of a popular Nigerian politician and Ogun state Senator, Buruji Kashamu.

According to reports, Kashamu passed away on Saturday, it was said that the 62-year-old Kashamu die of Covid-19 at Cardiology hospital, Lagos.

Obasanjo said despite his smartness against law, he was unable to escape death.

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Obasanjo in a condolence message addressed to the state governor, described the death as sad.

He said ” I received the sad news of the demise of Senator Esho Jinadu (Buruji Kashmu) a significant citizen of Ogun State. Please accept my condolence and that of my family on this irreparable loss.

“The life and history of the departed have lessons for those of all us on this side of the veil. Senator Esho Jinadu (Buruji Kashmu) in his lifetime used the maneuver of law and politics to escape from facing justice on the alleged criminal offense in Nigeria and outside Nigeria.

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” But no legal, political, cultural, social, or even medical maneuver could stop the cold hand of death when the Creator of all of us decides that the time is up.

“May Allah forgive his sin and accept his soul into Aljanah, and may God grant his family and friends fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.”

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JUST IN: Buruji Kashamu dies of COVID-19

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A former Senator representing Ogun East, Senator Buruji Kashamu, is dead after suffering from COVID-19 complications, Senator Murray Bruce has disclosed

Ben Murray-Bruce who broke the news on Twitter on Saturday said Kashamu died at First Cardiologist Consultants in Lagos.

Kashamu represented Ogun east in the eighth senate.

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He had a brush with the law over allegations of drug dealing while he was in the US.

In 2015, there was a stand-off at his residence after operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) attempted to arrest him for extradition to the US.

He challenged the attempt to extradite until his death.

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He was 62 years old.

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