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BREAKING: Buhari Meets Obasanjo, Others At Aso Rock |The Republican News

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          President Buhari and Chief Obasanjo during African Union summit

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Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja

A meeting of the Council of State presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari is currently holding inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Although all living past Presidents and Heads of Government are members of the Council, former President Goodluck Jonathan, former President Shehu Shagari and former military dictator, Ibrahim Babangida are absent.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (retd.) and Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd.), are however attending the meeting which is the third of such under Buhari.

The meeting, which began at 11:05am, is also being attended by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Senate President Bukola Saraki.

Gowon and a former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mohammed Uwais, said the opening prayer.

Before the meeting started, President Buhari had gone round the Council Chambers to shake hands with his visitors.

The governors in attendance are those of Sokoto, Delta, Adamawa, Imo, Benue, Lagos, Nasarawa, Abia, Bauchi, Jigawa, Kebbi, Plateau, Kano, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Edo, Ekiti, Zamfara, Ogun, Niger and Ebonyi States.

Former Chief Justices of Nigeria, Idris Kutigi and Aloma Muktar are also in attendance.

A one-minute silence was observed in honour of the late former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Dahiru Musdapher.   (Punch)

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JUST IN: Pro Buhari Senator, Abdullahi Adamu Removed As Northern Senators’ Chairman

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Northern Senators have sacked Senator Abdullahi Adamu as their chairman.

Senator Abdullahi Adamu was accused of mismanaging N70 million belonging to Northern senators.

Senator Wamakko Aliyu is now the new chairman.   (New Telegraph)

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BREAKING: Buhari Is In A Trance – Soyinka |The Republican News

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Nigerian writer Wole Soyinka at “Le Conversazioni” on Capri, July, 2012

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Revered playwright, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has said President Muhammadu Buhari is in a trance.

Soyinka, while reacting to a question on the three things he would tell the President if he meets him, stated, “I will say Mr. President you are in a trance.”

He added that the sooner the President got out of the trance, the better for the nation.

Asked the form of trance the President was in, the Nobel laureate said, “I don’t know. So many unforced errors. Take for instance the suspended Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Usman Yusuf,  reinstated by the President.

“What is that about? What is going on?”

Soyinka had earlier held a press conference in Lagos on the state of the nation titled ‘Nomads and Nation: Valentine card or valedictory rites.’   (Punch)

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BREAKING NEWS: Fuel Tanker Spreads Agony In FESTAC, Lagos |The Republican News

There is agony right now spreading uncontrollably as fire razes dozens of cars on the Festac Link Road, Lagos.

The tanker, laden with petroleum product, lost control on the link bridge and fell, spilling the content and an attendant inferno.

An eyewitness called to inform us that whereas occupants in nearby vehicles managed to escape, a lot of vehicles in the traffic and those parked nearby have been burnt to husks, and the fire still spreading.     (The Sun)

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BREAKING: Convention: PDP Clears, George, Adeniran, Secondus, Others

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Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja

The screening committee of the Peoples Democratic Party has cleared all the nine national chairmanship aspirants and certified them fit  to take part in Saturday’s national convention of the party.

Chairman of the committee, Mr. Osagie Ize-Iyamu, presented certificates of clearance to them a few minutes ago at the National Executive Committee hall at the party secretariat located as Zone 5, Abuja

The aspirants are Prince Uche Secondus, Chief Gbenga Daniel, Mr Jimi Agbaje, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, Prof.Taoheed Adedoja, Prof Tunde Adeniran, Chief Olabode George, Dr. Raymond Dokpesi and Mr Aderemi Olusegun.

Ize-Iyamu said that the list of other aspirants cleared for other offices would be displayed at the party secretariat.

Chairman of the Convention Planning Committee who is also the Governor of Delta State, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, congratulated the cleared aspirants.

He asked them to present the names of their agents to the accreditation committee. (Punch)

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BREAKING: 3 Dead In New Mexico School Shooting |The Republican News

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AZTEC, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on a shooting at a New Mexico high school (all times local):

10:25 a.m. Authorities say three people are dead following a shooting at a New Mexico high school.

San Juan County Sheriff Ken Christesen told reporters that three people believed to be students died Thursday at Aztec High School.

He says the shooter also was dead but didn’t say if the suspect was among the three. Authorities said they had cleared all the buildings at the school and that students were boarding buses to another location where they could be reunited with their parents.

Deputies with the sheriff’s office and surrounding police departments responded to the school after reports of a shooting.

Federal agents and state police are investigating.

The school is in the Four Corners region and is near the Navajo Nation.

9:40 a.m. Authorities are responding to a shooting at a high school in northwest New Mexico.

Deputies with the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office told reporters that a suspect was in custody but they did not release any other information.

Sheriff Ken Christesen confirms the shooting at Aztec High School on Thursday morning.

He did not say whether anyone had been injured or killed. The school is in the Four Corners region and is near the Navajo Nation.

Authorities say the school was placed on lockdown and evacuated. Other schools in the area were also locked down, and authorities were setting up staging areas where parents could gather and wait for more information.

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AZTEC, N.M. — Authorities are responding to a shooting at a high school in northwest New Mexico.

Deputies with the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office told reporters that a suspect was in custody but they did not release any other information.

Sheriff Ken Christesen confirms the shooting at Aztec High School on Thursday morning. He did not say whether anyone had been injured or killed.

The school is in the Four Corners region and is near the Navajo Nation.

 

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Authorities say the school was placed on lockdown and evacuated. Other schools in the area were also locked down, and authorities were setting up staging areas where parents could gather and wait for more information.   (Associated Press)

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JUST IN: Russia Banned From Pyeongchang Winter Games, Says IOC |RN

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Russia’s Olympic Committee (ROC) has been banned from the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics next year after the prolonged doping scandal but some athletes will be allowed to compete under the tag of “Olympic Athlete of Russia”, the International Olympic Committee said on Tuesday.
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The IOC also decided to suspend ROC president Alexander Zhukov as an IOC member given that his membership is linked to his position as ROC President.
 

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