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Former Nigeria minister is dead

A former Northern Nigeria minister of health and forestry and Northern Cameroon, Alhaji Abdullahi Damburan Jada, is dead at the age of 97.

The late district head of Jada, Adamawa state, died in the early hours of Monday. Born in Nasarawa Jada in 1924, in the then trust territory of northern Cameroon, the deceased attended Yola primary school and Yola middle school in 1937 and 1944 respectively.

He was a pioneering student at the Samaru School of Agriculture, where he studied between 1948 and 1952. He then served as supervisor of agriculture in Adamawa until 1955, when he was named district head and later elected.

APC chieftain's wife kidnapped in Ibadan

Wife of youth leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Oyo state Isiaka Salawu, Dr Aderiyike Oni Salawu, has been kidnapped by gunmen in the state.

The sad incident took place at Aromolaran area of Ibadan, the state capital. A source said the victim was driving an ambulance home after closing from work on Sunday while her husband drove behind her.

On getting to the house, she was said to be making efforts to open the gate having alighted from the ambulance when some gunmen surfaced from nowhere.

"They grabbed her from behind and overpowered her. Other members of the gang also swooped on her husband inside his car behind the ambulance and dispossessed him of his phones and other valuables. Then they whisked the wife away.

The situation have been reported to the police for further investigation.

I am not contesting with Ayade for party's leadership - Ndoma-Egba

 Former Senate leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba, has debunked a report where he was said to have declared that he remains the leader of the ruling party in Cross River state, regardless of Ben Ayade's detection to the party.

The Senator explained this in a statement signed by his media team leader, Sunny Udeh, and made available to the public on Monday.

The former Senate leader said he never granted any press interview to react to the defection of Ayade and other than the written statement he personally signed to congratulate and welcome the Governor to the ruling party.

Residents block highway over incessant kidnapping

Residents angered by incessant killings and kidnapping have blocked the Guaraka Abuja-Kaduna expressway in the Tafa local government area of Niger state in protest.

The angry youths in their numbers went on rampage very early in the morning and barricaded the busy road with bonfire, stones, and wood, insisting that nobody will pass until the issue of insecurity is addressed in the country.

As reported by Sahara reporters, kidnappers have been operating in the community on a daily basis and have abducted many residents.

The youths are angered that gunmen have been kidnapping people in the community without any intervention by the security operatives in the area.

Southwest leaders opposed calls for Yoruba nation

Secessionist agitators yesterday got a call from leaders of the APC in the southwest to pull brick on their advocacy.

The All Progressive Congress (APC) leaders, who rose from a meeting in Marina, expressed their opposition to separatist agitations and hate speeches. They urged separatist advocates to desist forthwith, and renewed their belief in the unity, stability and sustainability of the country.

The call came against the backdrop of the ongoing agitation in the south west for a Yoruba nation.

Despite warnings by the federal government and stakeholders in the region, the promoters of the secessionist agenda have been rallying support for their cause.

So far, the Yoruba nation agitators have held rallies in Oshogbo, Abeokuta, Ibadan with the latest at the weekend in Akure, the Ondo state capital.

Jonathan under pressure to run for president in 2023 - Omokri

Former presidential aide and author, Reno Omokri, has disclosed that ex-president Goodluck Jonathan is under pressure to run for president in 2023.

He boasted that the ex-president would defeat any candidate if he decides to recontest, saying he is by far the most qualified southerner for the job.

Speaking during a live chat with famous journalist, Dele Momodu on Facebook, Reno described the ex-president as peace builder, saying Nigerians have been meeting with the ex-president to convince him to recontest the poll.