Yakubu Sanda of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been declared winner of Saturday’s Pengana constituency by-election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Prof. Noel Wanang, the Returning Officer for the poll, declared Sanda winner of the exercise on Saturday in Jengre, Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau.
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed shock and dismay over the killing of Rev Fr. Paul Offu in Enugu State and ordered a thorough manhunt for the killers and their immediate prosecution. Concise News reports that in a statement by his spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Saturday, the president condoled with the Catholic Church over the killing of the Priest in charge of St. James Greater Parish Catholic Church, Ugbawka in Enugu State.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of Ogun State Police Command, Abimbola Oyeyemi on Saturday said the remaining four Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) pastors abducted along Ijebu Ode have been rescued. Concise News understands that the PPRO disclosed this to Channels Television on Saturday afternoon while confirming that the victims are rescued unhurt.
President of the Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide, Apostle Suleman Johnson has said that although he is not a fan of Omoyele Sowore or his methods, the human rights activist should be immediately released. Concise News reports that Sowore was reportedly picked up by DSS operatives at his apartment in the early hours of Saturday.
The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu and Shehu Sani,former Kaduna Central Senator has taken to their Twitter pages to condemn the arrest of Omoyele Sowore by the Department of State Services (DSS) operatives. Concise News had reported that Sowore, the convener of #RevolutionNow Protests, was picked up at his apartment in the early hours of Saturday.
The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, on Saturday urged Fulani leaders to caution their people against violence before things get out of hand in the country. Onaiyekan, who made the call at a mass to celebrate his 50th Priestly Ordination Anniversary in Abuja, stressed that the Fulanis should be worried at the rate which they were being mentioned for something evil.
The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has been restrained by the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt from issuing a fresh proclamation letter, as directed by the Nigerian Senate. The court also restrained the Clerk of the National Assembly, the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, their servants, agents, officers or privies from interfering or taking over the legislative functions of the Edo State House of Assembly.
Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has condemned the killing of Rev. Paul Offu of the Catholic Diocese of Enugu by unknown gunmen along Ihe-Agbudu Road in Awgu Local Government Area of the state. The Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential candidate at the last election said the killing of Fr. Offu is another reminder that no one is safe in the country again.
No fewer than 20 people were killed by a gunman armed with a rifle at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, on Saturday. He also wounded more than two dozen before being arrested, authorities said, after the latest U.S. mass shooting sent panicked shoppers fleeing.
10. Joshua-Ruiz Rematch: Promoter Eddie Hearn Gives Hint On Venue Of Fight
Promoter Eddie Hearn appears to be putting finishing touches on the paperwork for Anthony Joshua’s rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr and says Cardiff still the ‘major option’ to stage the fight. The Matchroom Boxing boss has been considering plans for the world heavyweight title fight, which is expected to be held in November or December after Ruiz Jr’s shock victory over Joshua in New York in June.