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The Brief: Kidnapped commissioner; blasted lawmakers; cholera market

Kidnappers who struck in the home of Niger’s information commissioner tortured his wife with slaps as they ransacked the house for phones. She had to…

Kidnappers who struck in the home of Niger’s information commissioner tortured his wife with slaps as they ransacked the house for phones. She had to be hospitalised the next day.

Delta says its lawmakers who voted against electronic transmission of election results acted in bad faith against the state and their constituencies. It is the new low for lawmakers getting queries from their constituencies.

A market at the heart of a cholera outbreak in Ogun has been reopened. What measures are in place to ensure another outbreak is not on the horizon?

Kidnappers tortured wife, baby before whisking Niger commissioner awayThe second wife of Niger information commissioner was in the house with her husband when the kidnappers came on Sunday night. A family member who spoke to Daily Trust said the woman had to be taken to a clinic on Monday as a result of slaps she received from the attackers in the cause of their operation.

It was gathered that, after seizing a number of phones from the house, including that of the commissioner and his wife’s, they kept asking for more phones which she insisted there was none but they kept on slapping her, and later threatened to take her along, but that she pleaded with them that her newborn baby was ill.

Bayelsa to declare public holiday in honour of Aiteo Cup winnersThe Bayelsa government on Monday declared that Bayelsa Queens and Bayelsa United football clubs would be given a rousing welcome to the state to celebrate their victory at the Aiteo Cup.

Gov. Douye Diri, disclosed this when he visited the players and officials of the two teams at their camp in Benin City, shortly after their victories in the tournament. The governor stated that a public holiday would also be declared in their honour.


5 killed in Ibadan crashFive commuters were on Monday killed in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, when a fuel tanker crushed a Micra car at Celica Bus Stop on the Ibadan-Ife Expressway.

A witness told our correspondent that the truck lost control and rammed into the car and that both vehicles fell into a river.

Delta blasts own lawmakers against e-votingDelta State government on Monday declared that representatives from the state in the National Assembly who voted against the electronic transmission of election results did not represent the aspirations of the people of the state.

Addressing a press conference in Asaba after receiving the State Resident Electoral Commissioner in his office, the Commissioner of Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, said any representative of Delta in the Senate who voted against the electronic transmission of electoral results did so out of selfish interest not for the state.

Nasarawa communities lament no compensation for power linesResidents of communities in Lafia and Karu local government areas of Nasarawa State have expressed worry over the refusal of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) to compensate them for their lands marked for the construction of a 330kv transmission line.

The transmission line is being constructed under the Abuja Power Feeding Scheme Project from Lafia to Pigba-Apo in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

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Ogun reopens market in cholera scareOgun State Government has ordered reopening of the popular Iberekodo market which was shut last Wednesday over the fear of cholera outbreak in the state. The government had shut down the market for operating below public hygiene standards.
Podcast: Tanker drivers face the musicThe Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has said it would enforce safety regulations against tanker drivers to curb crashes across the country.From indiscriminate parking to overspeeding, and even drug-induced underage driving, tanker drivers have been accused of many infractions by Nigerians.

On Nigeria Daily, we speak with tanker drivers and other stakeholders on the issue. Listen and download here.

Gunmen prowl Kwara, SokotoGunmen at the weekend attacked two communities in the southern part of Kwara and abducted at least 30 people in separate incidents. Similarly, it has been a reign of terror, particularly in Sabon Birni local government of Sokoto state within the past one week where bandits killed 12 persons and sacked 14 villages in the area.