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Presidency Sacks 35 Aides Of VP Osinbajo

Peter Okunoren

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The Presidency on Tuesday night fired 35 aides of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

A news medium, Daily Nigerian, had reported Wednesday that the president, who is currently in London on a private visit, sacked 35 of the vice president’s 80 aides.

Hours later, an online medium, TheCable, lent credence to the story, saying it had confirmed its authenticity from some senior presidential aides.

However, as at the time of filing this report, there was no official confirmation of the report or otherwise.

A top presidential aide contacted by THISDAY over the matter declined to comment.

However, THISDAY learnt that the story was true.

Some individuals privy to the information said the vice president hopes that the trend will be reversed when the president returns from London.

It was learnt that the sacked aides, whose Presidential Villa tags had been retrieved, were sent out of the seat of power in a bid to reduce Osinbajo’s perceived high number of aides.

But a good number of others were of the belief that the sack was political and was only a part of the measures to render Osinbajo irrelevant.

The past month has not been the best of times for Osinbajo as a number of privileges he enjoyed in the first term of Buhari’s administration have been withdrawn.

For instance, the president who at different times went on vacation for 10 days in his first term, had voluntarily handed power to his deputy, who accordingly discharged the functions of his office, is currently away for 15 days without dignifying him with such honour.

Earlier, the president had moved the Social Investment Programme of the administration to the newly created Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Investment.

Buhari had also replaced the Economic Management Team chaired by Osinbajo with Economic Advisory Council led by Prof. Doyin Salami which reports directly to him.

Analysts believe these seem to show that these are not the best of times for the vice president.

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Jungle Justice: Angry Mob Ignore Law, Set Man Ablaze For Killing Wife In Abia

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Tragedy struck Tuesday at Etitiama Nkporo community in Ohafia council area of Abia state when a man, identified as Kalu Ilum, shot his wife dead while the natives of the community meted instant justice by arresting and setting him ablaze.

It was gathered that Ilum, with no known means of livelihood, had been having marital problems with his wife, simply known as Chichi, a food vendor.

A resident of the community told journalists that Chichi had sought a divorce, believing that it was the only solution to the incessant problems with her husband.

“The couple has long unresolved marital issues, leading to the late wife, Chichi who sells food in the community to seek for divorce,” the resident said.

However, things were said to have gone out of hand at about 7am Tuesday when Ilum in a fit of anger, invaded his wife’s shop and shot her dead.

Ilum was reported to have fled after committing the heinous act and hid inside water well in an attempt to escape justice. The natives of the community who were hell-bent on getting the man to account for his misdeed, went searching for him, all to no avail.

They later engaged the services of a native doctor, who was said to have used his diabolical powers to smoke out the killer husband from the well. As soon as he came out from well, he was beaten to death and later set ablaze by an angry mob.

It was gathered that irate youths of the area marched to his residence and set it ablaze.

Contacted, spokesman of the Abia State Police Command, SP Geoffrey Ogbonna, said he was yet be briefed on the incident.

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Fire Guts Popular Sabo Market In Ogun

Gbemileke Ajayi

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The popular Sabo market in Sagamu, Ogun State has reportedly been engulfed in a fire.

The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained as many shops and properties are affected.

As of the time this report, the fire is yet to be put out.

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JUST IN: Court Reduces Maina’s Bail Conditions To N500m, One Surety

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A Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday varied the conditions attached to the bail granted former Chairman, Pension Reform Task Force, Abdulrasheed Maina.

Justice Okon Abang, before who Maina is being tried on charges of money laundering, granted him conditional bail on November 25, 2015.

Among the bail conditions were that Maina endorses a bond of N1billion and produce two sureties, who must be serving Senators, and who must attend court at every subsequent proceeding.

Maina later returned to the court with a prayer for variation, on the grounds that the conditions were too stringent.

In a ruling on Monday, Justice Abang reduced the bail bond to N500million for Main, who he said, should now produce a single surety, who must be a serving Senator.

Justice Abang ordered that the Senator, who must own property in any of the high brow areas of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), must attend court at every adjourned date to sign at the court’s registry.

Details shortly…

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