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Breaking: Security operatives arrest IPOB members, Journalists shut out as Nnamdi Kanu’s retrial begins

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Security operatives on Monday arrested members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as they converged on the federal high court in Abuja for Nnamdi Kanu’s trial

The IPOB members were chanting slogans in support of Kanu and demanding his freedom.

Some of them were subsequently arrested while others fled.Kanu who was rearrested some weeks ago is being arraigned before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja.

The embattled IPOB leader who was extradited from Kenya few weeks back is facing an eleven count charge bordering on Terrorism, treasonable felony, illegal possession of arms among others. Initially, there were doubts as to whether or not he would be arraigned due to the annual Judges’ vacation which commences on Monday July 26, 2021. 

At the resumed trial on Monday however, there was heavy presence of men of the Department of State Security (DSS) and mobile policemen at various junctions and adjoining roads leading to the court premises. 

Immediately after the convoy that brought Kanu was sighted, there were efforts by cameramen to get pictures to no avail, as overzealous security men cordoned and escort the convoy into the court premises in a commando-like manner. 

Meanwhile, Journalists covering the Judiciary beat got a dose of the moment as they were barred from entering the premises by the DSS operatives. 

When the DSS were accosted by a team of stranded Journalists who demanded an explanation, one of the officer claimed they were acting  based on an instruction that only ten media houses have been accredited for the trial. 

Several efforts by the newsmen to register their request to be allowed to cover the trial was frustrated by the security agencies and were still stranded as at the time of writing this report. 

President General of Ohaneze worldwide, Professor George Obiozor, was on ground in solidarity on Monday at the trial and he was ushered into the courtroom.  But some other groups led by one Peter Bassey were denied entrance. 

The group having granted an interview earlier on their mission were also prevented from entering the court premise. Sensing danger, the group started chanting a solidarity song only to be dispersed minutes after by armed security men.


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Oregon dog’s 12-inch ears earn Guinness World Record

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Lou, a 3-year-old canine belonging to Paige Olsen, officially has the longest ears on a dog (living).
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An Oregon woman’s black and tan coonhound earned a Guinness World Record when each of her ears was measured at 12.38 inches long.

Guinness said Lou, a 3-year-old canine belonging to Paige Olsen, officially has the longest ears on a dog (living).

Olsen said she always knew Lou’s ears were “extravagantly long,” but she only decided to measure them while sheltering in place during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“All black and tan coonhounds have beautiful long ears, some are just longer than others,” Olsen, a veterinary technician, told Guinness.

Olsen said Lou’s especially long ears have not led to any medical complications for the canine.

“Of course everyone wants to touch the ears, they’re very easy to fall in love with with just one sighting,” she said.

Olsen said Lou is also a competitor at dog shows and has earned titles from the American Kennel Club and Rally Obedience.

Source: (UPI)


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Breaking: Ganduje appoints new Emir of Gaya

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Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State has in the early hours of Sunday appointed Alhaji Aliyu Ibrahim-Gaya as the new emir of Gaya.

Ibrahim-Gaya succeeded his late father, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdulkadir who died at the age of 91 years after protracted illness.

The Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Usman Alhaji announced the appointment on behalf of the Governor.

More to come…


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Tanks head for Kosovo-Serb border as Balkans tensions grow

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A Kosovo security unit trooper guards the border with Serbia as the Balkan nations trade accusations.
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Kosovo’s Prime Minister Albin Kurti has accused neighbouring Serbia of “provoking a serious international conflict”, with tensions between the two countries at their highest for years.

In the latest flashpoint, two interior ministry offices in northern Kosovo were on Saturday attacked near border crossings blocked by local Serbs angered by a ban on cars with Serbian licence plates entering the country.

The car registration office in the town of Zubin Potok was set ablaze, and two hand grenades were thrown at the civil registration office in the nearby town of Zvecan, though they did not go off, police said.

There was no mention of any casualties.

Serbs from Kosovo’s north have blocked two main roads near the border since the government ban went into force on Monday.

Drivers from Serbia must now use temporary printed registration details that are valid for 60 days.

The Kosovo government says its move mirrors measures in force in Serbia against drivers from Kosovo since 2008, when Kosovo declared independence from their neighbour.

Serb fighter planes flew close to the border crossing of Jarinje where protesters cheered them. A day before, three helicopters also flew in the vicinity.

Media in Belgrade reported that tanks and other military equipment were heading towards the border, but the Serb army did not give any details.

NATO’s mission in Kosovo, where peacekeepers maintain a fragile peace, called for restraint.

Source: (NewDaily)


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