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DSS Storms Residence Of Taiwo Akerele, Former COS To Godwin Obaseki

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DSS officials invade, ransack Akerele’s residence, arrest aide

No fewer than 25 operatives of the State Security Services (SSS) on Sunday evening invaded the private residence of former Chief of Staff to Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, Chief Taiwo Akerele.

The development is an indication that things might have fallen apart between the Governor and his erstwhile closest staff.

Akerele resigned his position as Chief of Staff on Friday night and was replaced with Ethan Uzamere, Saturday night by Obaseki.

The operatives were said to have arrived the residence located off 1st Ugbor Road, GRA, in Benin, at about 5 pm in an 18-seater bus and three operational vehicles of Operation Wabaizigan.

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It was gathered that a security detail to the Governor had earlier called the Personal Assistant to the former CoS, Jasper Olowojoba to come and remove Akerele’s personal belongings from his former office.

Olowojoba, who was said to have replied that he would remove the items on Monday, was however prevailed upon to come immediately.

Security men attached to the office were said to have allowed him to remove all the belongings, after which they followed him home.

Thereafter, Olowojoba was arrested after using him to search Akerele’s house.

An unnamed source closed to the former Chief of Staff, allegedly told journalists that the whereabouts of Akerele who received visitors in his house earlier in the day, remained unknown.

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“They called his PA severally that he should come and collect Akerele’s personal belongings so that the new Chief of Staff could resume, but Olowojoba said he would come for them on Monday but they insisted he must come immediately.

“When he went, they allowed him to remove all his belongings and when they were going with the last consignment, SSS (operatives) went with him to Akerele’s house. They ransacked his house and then went away with his PA, but Akerele’s whereabouts is unknown,” the source said.

As at the time of filing this report, neither Akerele nor his personal assistant could be reached for confirmation, as their mobile phones were switched off.

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Tanker Explosion: Ex- Gov Bello Aide On Students Matters Omonu Joshua Commiserates With Govt., Students, Families Of Accident Victims

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Former Governor Bello Aide on Students Matters.

The immediate past Senior Special Assistant on Students Matters to Governor Yahaya Bello, has joined his voice with that of other sympathisers to commiserate with the families of the students, Felele community who were killed during a Tanker explosion which occurred at early hours on Wednesday in Lokoja, the state capital.

Joshua in a statement he personally signed and made available to News men prayed for eternal rest of those that died in the incident and fortitude to bear the loss on part of their families as well as quick recovery for the injured.

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He equally condoled the government and people of Kogi State where he hail the prompt response of the government to the scene.

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Kogi Inferno: Gov Obaseki Condoles With Kogi Govt, People And Wish Them Fortitude To Bear The Loss

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The newly returned Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has condoled with the government and people of Kogi State, over the tanker explosion which claimed many lives.

In the condolence message issued in Benin City, the state capital on Thursday, Obaseki said: “I condole with the government and people of Kogi State over the tanker explosion that claimed several lives.

“The explosion is an urgent reminder of the need to prioritize road and rail infrastructure development in Nigeria.”

Map of Kogi State.

The governor added: “Our hearts go out to families that lost persons and wish them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.”

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Just In: Another Gas Explosion Hits Lagos

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A gas explosion is currently rocking one area at Iju Ishaga, Lagos State.

According to reports gathered, many of the people who involved in the incident were injured.

The Punch reports that buildings around the scene of the explosion suffered a partial collapse. As of the time of filing this report, the details of the gas explosion were sketchy An eyewitness, Ikechukwu, said, “We just heard a loud sound around 03.30 pm and we suddenly began to see smoke.

The explosion is massive and we are not sure of the casualties but many people are injured.

The spokesperson for the Lagos State Emergency Agency, Nosa Okunbor, confirmed the incident.

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He disclosed that emergency fighters have arrived at the scene of the incident. “LASEMA Response Team is at Cele Bus Stop, Iju Ishaga.

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