Today’s Headlines: Tinubu approves construction of 1,000 houses in Kebbi, Katsina, Kaduna, Others – Shettima; Gunmen behead DPO in Rivers

Vice President Kashim Shettima disclosed on Friday that President Bola Tinubu has approved the construction of 1,000 houses in Sokoto, Zamfara, Kaduna, Kebbi, Katsina, Niger and Benue States.

This was made known in a statement issued by Mr Olusola Abiola, the Director of Information, Office of the Vice President.

According to the statement, Shettima gave the hint at the commissioning of projects executed by the Borno State Government in the last 100 days.

The Vice President explained that the housing projects were part of a broad plan by the Federal Government to address conflicts in the north.

Shettima further stated that Tinubu approved N50 billion to the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, to kick-start the Pulaku initiative which was a non-kinetic solution to the crisis confronting the people of the northwest.

Gunmen behead DPO in Rivers

Armed men suspected to be cultists terrorizing parts of Rivers State have killed a Divisional Police Officer, DPO, identified as Bako Amgbanshin.

DAILY POST gathered that the unfortunate incident occurred on Friday night in Ahoada East Local Government Area of the State.

The assailants were said to have ambushed the DPO and his men while on an operation to raid some criminal hideouts in the Ahoada East axis.

The operatives had engaged the miscreants in a gun duel before the DPO was captured, killed and his body dismembered.

A viral video which surfaced on the Internet on Friday night revealed how Angbanshin’s head, hand and private part were cut off with several deep machete cuts.

In the video sighted by our correspondent, the gunmen chanted victory songs while his severed remains littered the floor.

When contacted by DAILY POST, the Police Public Relations Officer of the State, Grace Iringe Koko confirmed the incident but failed to give details.
Morocco earthquake kills over 600 people

Residents stay out at a square in Marrakesh on September 9, 2023, after an earthquake. – A powerful earthquake that struck Morocco on September 8 night has killed at least 632 people and injured 329 others, according to an updated interior ministry toll. (Photo by FADEL SENNA / AFP)

A powerful earthquake that shook Morocco late Friday killed more than 600 people, interior ministry figures showed, sending terrified residents fleeing their homes in the middle of the night.

The 6.8-magnitude quake struck 72 kilometres (45 miles) southwest of tourist hotspot Marrakesh at 11:11 pm (2211 GMT), the US Geological Survey reported.

Strong tremors were also felt in the coastal cities of Rabat, Casablanca and Essaouira.

“We felt a very violent tremor, and I realised it was an earthquake,” Abdelhak El Amrani, a 33-year-old in Marrakesh, told AFP by telephone.

“I could see buildings moving. We don’t necessarily have the reflexes for this type of situation. Then I went outside and there were a lot of people there. People were all in shock and panic. The children were crying and the parents were distraught.”

“The power went out for 10 minutes, and so did the (telephone) network, but then it came back on,” he added. “Everyone decided to stay outside.”
Yahoo: 41 suspected internet fraudsters arrested in Delta

Forty one, 41, suspected internet fraudsters have been arrested in Warri, Delta State.

Operatives of the Benin Zonal Command of the EFCC, arrested the suspects on Friday, during a sting operation.

Their arrest followed actionable intelligence on their nefarious activities in the area.

The suspects were identified as Jackson Shebenor, Good Gospower, Akiefa Desmond, Johnson Ogheneuwegba, Okonta Williams, Ochuko Godfrey, Marvelous Oghogho Ekpuke, Ofoluwa Sheriff, Eyengho Richard, Daniel Avwerosuo Iniovorhire, Favour Ighoatudu, Stanley David, Gospower Jeremiah, Hurock Miracle, Onaiwu Gideon, Apare Tamarakuru, Ogribi George and Napoleon Efe Miracle.

Others are: Jephthah Godbless, Isiorho Desmond and Ochuko Prosper, Akpevwe Edogbegi, Felis Emmanuel, John Benjamin, Chukwuyenum Kenneth, Ejaita Victory, Felix Wada, Ufuoma Ododolor, Blessing Gbekena, Edo Othuke and Irikete Prosper.

Also included on the list are: Joshua Ngerem, Efejayobor Ochuko, Eke Kelechi Destiny, Idise Raymond Chuks, Enitomi Patrick, Efetobore Prosper Eghegha, Toise Raymond Chuks and ogheneome Udovi.

Eight exotic cars, phones and laptops were recovered from the suspects.

The anti-graft agency added that the suspects have made useful statements and will soon be charged to court.