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Nigerian Newspapers: Top 10 Latest News Headlines Today, Saturday, 4th Aug 2019

1. El-Zakzaky’s elder brother worsens it more as he declares him a terrorist

The elder brother of Sheikh Ibraheem Yakubu El-Zakzaky, the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), also known as Shiites, Sheikh Muhammad Sani Yakoob, reacted to the recent ban on IMN, stating that long ago.

El-Zakzaky’s elder brother, who is also Chairman of the Zaria section of Izalatul Bid’ia wa Ikamatus sunna, told our correspondent in an exclusive interview in Zaria, Kaduna, that the federal government should not stop at The IMN is outlawed, but it goes further to dissolve the Shiite sect in its entirety.

He said there is no difference between the IMN of his younger brother, the Shiite sect and the feared terrorist group Boko Haram, and added that both the leader of the deadly sect Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, and his younger brother, El-Zakzaky, they are terrorists

He said the federal government’s decision to outlaw the IMN was not only correct, but that it was late because the government could be overthrown through the group’s violent protests.

Sheikh Yakoob said the IMN leader is responsible for whatever calamity has befallen him, saying that he was warned when he started propagating “his dangerous Shi’ite doctrine.”

He said: “As you may be aware, El-Zakzaky is my blood brother. We were given birth to by the same father. While growing up, before he started this journey into Shi’ism, I didn’t have any close friend apart from him. We did everything together. We studied together in Islamic school.

“We warned him seriously to desist when he started this Shi’ism ideology. I personally warned him several times, and when he refused, I had to abandon him. So, whatever the authorities might have done to him, he caused it for himself.”

Sheikh Yakoob added: “There is nothing good about Shi’ism. These people are supposed to have been proscribed a long time ago, but the government waited until they are now causing havoc.

“In the entire world, where has the Chief of Army Staff ever been blocked on the way and denied right of passage? Since the time Shi’ites people did that to the Nigerian Chief of Army Staff, they were supposed to have been stopped. But now, the authorities seem to have understood their mission.

“Anywhere the Shi’ites are, they are always a problem. They are the ones that ruined Iraq. They are the ones that ruined Syria, Yemen and Lebanon. All the crises you see in the Middle-East, Shi’ites are responsible for them.

2. JUST IN: We should stop blame game on banditry – Obasanjo stated

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo met on Saturday with Hausa-Fulani leaders in the southwestern states, Kogi and Kawara in Abeokuta, the capital of the state of Ogun, on insecurity and banditry in the region.

He called the Nigerians to stop the culture of “guilt” and think of a lasting solution to the threat.

Obasanjo said that solutions to the nation’s security challenges should not be left to just one person, adding that it is not what a man can face alone.

3. Buhari finally breaks silence on killing of Catholic priest

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday expressed sadness over the murder of Rev. Fr. Paul Offu, priest of the greater parish Catholic church of St. James, Ugbawka, state of Enugu.

The President announced this in a statement by his Special Assistant for Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

He said that Buhari expressed shock and dismay at the murder of another priest while urging security officers to conduct a thorough investigation of the killers.

President Buhari also assured the Catholic Church and all Nigerians that the fight against “lawlessness and recklessness’’ will be intensified as security of lives and property continues to top his priorities.

4. Why my approach as APC chair is combative — Oshiomhole

The national chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, told those who accuse him of being too combative as the national chairman of a ruling party that is not going to change.

He also said he did not join politics to change the way politicians do things.

The former governor of Edo state, who spoke at a reception organized by the Nigerian Labor Congress (NLC) for the visiting director general of the International Labor Organization (ILO), Guy Ryder, said he believed diplomacy he would not have faced the challenges facing the country, adding that only an aggressive commitment can force those who benefit from the status quo to change in order to improve the country.

Oshiomhole said he believes more union leaders should join the government so that together they can force a change in the way things are done in the country.

Oshiomhole said: “Whatever I am doing today, my style and choice of what I do and what I abstain from doing, I owe to Labour.

5. JUST IN: Police rescue abducted four remaining RCCG pastors

The Ogun state police command said on Saturday that the remaining four people kidnapped along with deaconess RCCG, Mrs. Ibelegbo Chidinma, were saved

The state public relations officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed to TV channels Saturday afternoon.

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Oyeyemi added that the victims were saved unharmed.

Latest Nigeria News previously reported that the command saved one of the five pastors kidnapped by suspected herdsmen.

The RCCG’s general overseer, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, announced on Friday the abduction of clerics in the redeemed camp along the Lagos-Ibadan highway.

Adeboye, while commissioning the congregation to pray for the release of the hostages, said the kidnapping took place Thursday along the Ijebu-Ode axis.

6. Presidency open up, give reason why DSS arrested Omoyele Sowore

President Muhammadu Buhari‘s assistant on social media matters, Lauretta Onochie, praised the arrest of the AAC presidential candidate, Omoyele Sowore, by agents of the Department of State Services, DSS.

Latest Nigeria News reported that Sowore, the #RevolutionNow Protests summoner, had been arrest from his apartment in the early hours of Saturday.

The politician published a rescue tweet exactly at 1:25, which says: “The DSS invades Sowore”.

Later, he added another tweet that could be a confirmation that his phone must have been seized while trying to sound the alarm for his arrest.

7. Another update Adeboye gives on kidnapped RCCG pastors

Early morning, the general overseer, Pastor Enoch Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), stated contrary to his previous comment, that only one pastor of the church was kidnapped.

He clarified this by addressing the pastors of the Church in the Redemption camp along the Lagos-Ibadan highway.

Recalled that Adeboye announced yesterday during a religious service that five of his church pastors going to the camp for the annual conference of ministers had been kidnapped.

However, when he turned to his congregation during the security service, he said police investigations had shown that only one church pastor had been kidnapped along with four other people.

8. Atiku reacts to the arrest of Omoyele Sowore by DSS

Atiku Abubakar, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate of 2019, reacted on Saturday to the arrest of the AAC presidential candidate, Omoyele Sowore, by agents of the Department of State Services, DSS.

Latest Nigeria News reported that Sowore, the #RevolutionNow Protests summoner, had been taken from his apartment in the early hours of Saturday.

The politician published a rescue tweet exactly at 1:25 am which says: “The DSS invades Sowore”.

Later, he added another tweet that could be a confirmation that his phone must have been seized while trying to sound the alarm for his arrest.

9. Police rescue one of the 5 abducted RCCG pastors

The Ogun state police command said on Saturday he had rescued one of the five pastors kidnapped by alleged Fulani herdsmen.

The command, in a statement by the police public relations officer, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, stated that one of the victims, the deaconess Ibelegbo Chidinma, was saved unharmed.

He said the remaining four would be saved from the pit of kidnappers safe and sound.

The statement reads, “The Ogun State Police Command has rescued Mrs Ibelegbo Chidinma the only woman amongst those abducted on Thursday unhurt.

“The woman who is a Deaconess of The Redeemed Christian Church of God regained her freedom in the early hour of today 3rd of August 2019, and she is currently at the command’s headquarters in Abeokuta where arrangement is being made to take her to the Redemption Camp.

“Efforts is on top gear to rescue the remaining victims as the kidnappers who kept them in separate locations were changing their locations from time to time within the forest.”

Latest Nigeria News reported that the RCCG’s general overseer, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, announced the abduction of clerics on Friday in the camp redeemed along the Lagos-Ibadan highway.

10. Bauchi crisis to be over as factional speaker, 16 others bow to pressure, inaugurated

The crisis that shook the Bauchi State House of Assembly since its inauguration could be ended when Faction Speaker, Kawuwa Damina, and the other 16 members bowed to pressure and were inaugurated.

Latest Nigeria News reported that the Bauchi State Assembly House was confused and in crisis on June 20, when elected members held a parallel inauguration that led to the appearance of two speakers.

Abubakar Suleiman (Ningi, APC) was elected by 13 members with the secretary who presided over the session in the assembly of the assembly, while the Speaker of the faction, Kawuwa Damina (Darazo, APC), was elected out of the complex of the Assembly of 17 members under the symbol of a club without another member elected to preside.

Latestalert also reported that to definitively resolve the crisis, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, set up an investigative panel that arrived in Bauchi and held a 3-day public hearing to resolve problems and make recommendations. .

But a few days after the expert group presented its report, the faction president who is the previous immediate president, Kawuwa Damina, led the remaining 16 members to take the oath and oath of allegiance.

The 17 members were inaugurated at a special session of the Chamber held on Friday at 8:00 pm, chaired by Vice-President Danlami Kawule (Central Bauchi, PDP).