Our Correspondent, Bauchi
The Bauchi supporters of the Labour Party (LP)’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi, have declared that they are not only present on social media but are also real and physically ready for the 2023 general election.
The supporters, who are popularly known as ‘Obedients’ were chanting this in Bauchi on Saturday during their one million man march for Peter Obi and his deputy, Yusuf Ahmed.
The supporters, who trekked 10 kilometers from the popular Wunti market to Rafin Zurfi, a community in Bauchi metropolis, were seen with placards with different inscriptions in support of their candidates.
Speaking to newsmen after the march, Mr Benjamin Edeh, Head of Media, Labour Party, Bauchi State chapter, said that the rally was a success, adding that the people of the state were at the rally to show the party true love.
“They want to show Peter Obi love, they want to show the Labour Party love. They are really in love with the movement.
“The rally was really a success as you can see that the crowd was very close to a million. It was massive.
“They say we don’t have structure, they say we don’t have money, but you can see the crowd,” he said.
Edeh also urged all the supporters to get their Permanent Voter Cards ready and make sure that their votes counted in the 2023 general election.
Similarly, the Chairman of the party, Mr Hussaini Saraki, said that they have proved critics wrong that the party has no strictures.
“The facts speak for itself, when you say we don’t have structure, today we have proved them wrong because we believe structure is not about building.
“Structure is not all about posters or billboards. Structures are the people and we have the people on the ground.
“And I am telling you this is because there was not much publicity about this event, some of our people in the rural areas are not here. But you can see that the crowd is so massive that each and everyone of you here is proud of it.
“We are sending a message back to those people who say we don’t have structure or we only exist on social media that we are real and that Nigeria belongs to the youth,” he said.
According to him, the party appreciated the way it was being underrated, adding that oppositions would be shocked with the outcome of the 2023 general election which would be in favour of the Labour Party.
“We are not going to use religion, ethnicity or any other factors to divide the country.
“We deliberately chose independence day for our one million man march because it was on that first day that Nigeria got independence from colonial masters.
“We want to use the same day to show that by God’s grace, today is the beginning of taking power from those who took it from colonial masters,” he said.
Four Suspects Butcher Edo Man, Burn Corpse
The Edo State Security Network says it has arrested four suspects for allegedly butchering a man and burning his corpse in Benin City, the state capital.
The coordinator of the security outfit, Col. Kole Omomia (retd.), while confirming the incident in a statement, said the corpse was found at the former School of Nursing Hostel by the Edo Specialist Hospital, Benin City, following a tip off by a transporter.
Omomia said, “Our men were out on a normal routine patrol and got a tip off that there is a man staying at an abandoned building and no one knows his mission there and that there is a corpse also lying there. My men went there and saw a corpse that had been butchered and burnt.”
Omomia said the four suspects were apprehended and handed over to the police for further investigation and prosecution, noting that the prime suspect, Nwafor Azubuike, was found at the same building where the corpse was discovered.
He added, “Nwafor Azubuike who claimed he stays in the place, and knows the murdered man and had a chat with him few days ago, was apprehended to be further interrogated.
“Looking at the building itself, we believe it is a den where they carry out most of their nefarious activities. We also discovered lots of human hair around the area, likely belonging to ladies.”
Insecurity: Police Arrest 53-year-old Bulletproof Producer In Katsina
A 53-year-old man, who produces bulletproof charms for terrorists and criminals in Katsina State, is now helping the police with more information on his activities.
SP Gambo Isah, the State PPRO confirmed to newsmen that the suspect resides on Maiduguri Road in Sabuwa Local Government Area in the State.
He added that on Saturday, 26th November, 2022, following a tip-off, the suspect was apprehended by the police in Katsina.
The PPRO further explained that the bulletproof charm is sold to terrorists and other criminals in Zamfara, Kaduna and Katsina States for N60,000 per piece.
He added that the suspect was arrested with four bulletproof charms enveloped in jackets.
The suspect, according to Isah, also confessed that he offered prayers regularly for bandits for successful operations, against being arrested or harmed by security agents.
Airstrike Kills ISWAP Commander In Lake Chad Region
A top commander of the Islamic State West Africa Province, Muhammad Malik, has been reportedly killed by men of the Air Task Force in the Lake Chad region.
Malik died on November 29 following the fatal injuries he sustained during an airstrike by the task force, The Cable quoted Zagazola Makama, a publication focused the region, as saying.
Malik was a member of the Shura Council in Marte before going for a course in ISIS-sponsored Computer Engineering and improvised explosive device making in Somalia.
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He reportedly established IED training units where fighters were trained in deploying explosives during attacks on his return.
Recently, there have been records of successes in the Nigerian military’s campaign against insurgency and terrorism in the Lake Chad region and some northern states.
The Nigerian troops, in a coordinated intelligence-led aerial and ground operation and targeting the location of the terrorists in the Sabon Tumbun area of Lake Chad on November 24, killed scores of fighters.
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