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We Didn’t Know Things Were This Bad During Campaign — APC Chairman, John Oyegun.

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The National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has said the party did not know while it was campaigning that the economy of Nigeria was in a very bad state.

The APC chief said the emergence of a president of Buhari’s stature and the APC-led government “at this critical time” was God’s doing.

Odigie-Oyegun said this at a reception held in his honour by the management and staff of the party’s national secretariat in Abuja to mark his 77th birthday on Friday.

He said, “It has been tough times for the nation. When we were campaigning – it is necessary to continue to hammer on this point – we were not in government; we knew things were very bad but we did not know they were as bad as we eventually found them. And the revelations that come out every day continue to buttress that fact.

“Secondly, and that is very important: nobody ever expected the prices of crude to collapse in the way they have done. One can only repeat what Mr. President (Muhammadu Buhari) said a few days ago and that is, from being a nation that could have an Excess Crude Account, today, because of the collapse of the prices of crude, a lot of the states in this country do not even have enough resources to meet their very basic functions and responsibilities to their citizens.”

Odigie-Oyegun further said with Buhari’s efforts and plans, this would be the last economic crisis the country would face.

He said the President was laying “a solid foundation” for the country such that all the mineral resources would be harnessed and the Nigeria of tomorrow would be one that produces.

“We are going through hard times, temporarily, but it is quite clear that the silver lining is there in the cloud because the President and your party are determined that this nation will no longer be again a mono-culture economy,” he added.

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BREAKING: Hoodlums Set Ojodu Police Station In Lagos Ablaze, Vehicles Destroyed

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Hoodlums on Thursday morning set another facility belonging to the Nigeria Police Force on Fire in the Ojodu Berger axis of Lagos State, destroying properties worth several millions of naira.

No fewer than eight vehicles were destroyed in the inferno by the mob said to have been protesting police brutality and an end to bad governance.

Also, several shops housed by the facilities were torched down by the hoodlums with goods running to million destroyed.

It was learnt that some of the goods were also looted by the irate youths who were said to have been planning the arson since Wednesday morning.

Our correspondents gathered that the attack was prevented yesterday after the division called for more back up and mounted a roadblock to wade off the hoodlums.

As of the time of filing this report, officials of the Lagos State Fire are trying to put out the inferno.

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BREAKING: Gunshots As Police, Army Arrive Stop Attempted Jailbreak At Ikoyi Prison [VIDEO]

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Policemen and soldiers have arrived at the Ikoyi Correctional Centre in a bid to foil an attempted jailbreak.

A video sent to our correspondent by an eyewitness shows smoke billowing from parts of the center while inmates are seen running.

It was learnt that the prison authorities had immediately notified the police and the military authorities for backup.

The eyewitness, who wished to remain anonymous, said, “I can see them from my balcony at the moment. Soldiers and policemen have arrived. I saw prisoners throwing stones and I saw fire.

“A lot of the prison officials have gathered at the entrance of the prison while some of the inmates have retreated.”

Our correspondent also heard gunshots emanating from the prisons.

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BREAKING: Buhari Presides Over Security Council Meeting

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The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), is currently presiding over a meeting of the National Security Council at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The meeting which started at about 11 am is holding amidst violence in parts of the country.

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (retd.); Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin; the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas, and the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar are among those in attendance.

Also present are the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu; Director-General of the Department of State Services, Yusuf Bichi; and Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Rufa’i.

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