Today’s Headlines: Gunmen Kill 3 Months Old Baby, 12 Others In Benue, Fayemi Salutes Akeredolu At 65

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A three-month-old baby and 12 adults have been reportedly shot dead by gunmen in separate incidents in some villages of the Guma Local Government Area of Benue State, SaharaReporters reports.

The gunmen were said to have opened fire on travellers on Uikpam – Umenger road around 3pm on Tuesday, where five people, including the infant, lost their lives.

It was learnt that the remaining eight people were killed at Branch Ude at 10pm on the same day.

The Local Government Council Chairman of Guma, Caleb Aba, who confirmed the incident to Daily Trust, noted that there was a burial in Torkula and people who were coming back from the burial came under attack.

“It is true that there was an attack yesterday (Tuesday). There was a burial in Torkula and people who were coming back from the burial came under attack and about five people were killed.

“At about 10pm, yesterday there was another attack at Branch Ude where about eight people were killed, bringing the total to 13 people killed only yesterday, he said.

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“Two people were injured by the information I received and they are now receiving treatment in the hospital.

Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti on Tuesday described governor of Ondo, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu, as a courageous, reliable, and compassionate leader.

Fayemi gave the virtues in his congratulatory message on Akeredolu’s birthday in Ado-Ekiti signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Yinka Oyebode.

The governor, also Chairman, Nigeria Governors Forum, said Akeredolu had in time past spent a larger part of his life serving the people as a students’ union activist, legal luminary and advocate of good governance.

According to him, currently as governor he is leaving no stone unturned in the quest for the betterment of Ondo State and its people.

Fayemi described Akeredolu as a dogged fighter, a strong voice in the fight against injustice and a man who does not shy away from speaking the truth regardless of whose ox is gored.

“Akeredolu is a compassionate leader who is ever concerned about the welfare of his people”.

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“We wish him many more useful and productive years in service to God and humanity,” Fayemi said.

Protesters shutdown Ibadan, demand immediate release of Sunday Igboho;

Supporters of the Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as Sunday Igboho have stormed his residence in Ibadan the Oyo State capital to demand the release of the agitator who is currently at the custody of security officials in Cotonou, Benin Republic.

Recall that Igboho was nabbed on Monday night in Cotonou while allegedly making moves to escape to Germany with his German wife.

DAILY POST earlier reported that Olayomi Koiki, an aide to Sunday Igboho called for a protest against his principal’s arrest.

Koiki in a statement disclosed that the agitators would stage the protest on Wednesday afternoon in Ibadan, at Igboho’s residence in Ibadan.

He said, “Please we beg all agitators to converge at Chief Sunday Igboho’s house for a peaceful demonstration to show the world the kind of person he is as one of the conditions given for his release.

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“Please let’s all be at his house in Soka, Ibadan, before 12 o’clock today, thanks and God bless Yoruba nation now.”

FCT Area Council Chairmen Refute Allegations of Infighting;

The FCT Area Council chairmen and the FCT Area Council Services Secretariat have denounced the allegations of infighting and disloyalty to the office of the FCT Minister of State as mischievous and a deliberate attempt to pitch the council chairmen against the office of the minister and representatives of the National Assembly.

The six chairmen strongly debunked media reports accusing the authorities of the councils of taking decisions and implementing policies in total disregard to superior authorities.

Reports insinuated that the area council chairmen were taking decisions without recourse to the office of the Minister of State, who supervises the activities of the councils and other auxiliary matters or the FCT representatives at the National Assembly who oversight the FCT Administration.

The rebuttal was contained in a joint statement issued on Wednesday.