1. A group of unidentified bandits, Thursday, attacked and killed Reverend Father David Tanko, a Catholic priest at Kufai Amadu in Takum, Taraba State. The cleric was on his way to Takum for a peace meeting with his fellow clergymen on how to resolve the lingering Tiv, Jukun crisis when he was killed. The chairman of the council, Shiban Tikari who confirmed the incident to newsmen said that after killing him, the attackers set him and his car on fire.
2. The FCT Police Command on Thursday announced commencement of investigation into intercepted explosive materials discovered in Abuja. It, however, assured the public of adequate security. FCT Police said the explosives were discovered on Wednesday by a joint team of police operatives from the Command Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit and Nyanya Police Division.
3. The Governor of Kogi state, Yahaya Bello, yesterday emerged flagbearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC), for the November 16 governorship election. Bello won the primary conducted in Lokoja, the state capital on Thursday by 3,127 votes. A total of 3,596 delegates were accredited. The Governor defeated Hadiza Iyoma Ibrahim, Yahaya Odidi Audu, Sani Lulu Abdullahi, Engr. Abubakar Bashir, Engr. Danlami Umar Mohammed, YakubuMohammed, Hassan Abdullahi and Ekele Aishat Blessing.
4. Following the allegation of N1.6bn fraud, a Lagos Federal High Court on Thursday discharged and acquitted former President, Goodluck Jonathan’s ex-aide, Dr Waripamo Owei-Dudafa. Justice Mohammed Idris in his judgment held that the EFCC failed to prove any of the 22-count charges levelled against Owei-Dudafa beyond reasonable doubt. In the 190-page judgment, Justice Mohammed said EFCC’s case was based on suspicions and suspicions “cannot take the place of legal evidence. The judge also observed that the EFCC failed to call vital witnesses, including Jonathan and former NSA Sambo Dasuki, who could have helped its case.
5. An officer of the Nigeria Customs Service was yesterday accused of collecting a sum of N200,000 from a commercial driver who identified himself as Olanrewaju Olasupo before releasing his impounded vehicle to him. Olasupo’s bus was impounded along with tomatoes on Monday in Ijoun, Yewa-North Local government area of Ogun state. However, Olasupo alleged to have paid the bribe to one officer Akin in Abeokuta command without being given a receipt for the payment. Olasupo explained that he took some traders to purchase tomatoes in Ijoun when his vehicle was impounded on their way back.