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Former Governor Escapes Kidnap

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Ibrahim Dankwambo, Former governor of Gombe State narrowly escaped being kidnapped on Tuesday evening by armed bandits along Abuja-Kaduna Highway, Kaduna State.

According to aide to the former governor, “On our way to Abuja with my Boss, His E Excellency, Dankwambo. kidnappers blocked the Abuja Kaduna road at 4.35pm today Tuesday but our policemen chased them away and we found out that they went away with about 7 people,” an aide to Dankwambo, who pleaded anonymity told The Guardian

Ibrahim Dankwambo, Former governor of Gombe State

“Kaduna-Abuja road is still a danger zone. Today, kidnappers blocked the road, and were kidnapping passengers when Former Gombe Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo’s convoy arrived the scene, his security details fired shots and dispersed the kidnappers but they went away with Many”

Meanwhile, three persons were killed and dozens of people kidnapped by the armed bandits during the operation.

A commercial driver plying the expressway, Jibrin Adamu, who escaped the attack, told journalists that the gunmen blocked a spot around Olam farm, where they killed three persons and kidnapped dozens of others.

“The gunmen blocked the expressway and opened fire on vehicles passing by. They kidnapped dozens of people during the operations and took them into the bush.

 

“I saw three dead bodies on the road and six vehicles of the victims parked on the roadside with all their doors open. They later left the operation area after about 30 minutes when a team of the military chased them away.

“I was among the drivers that narrowly escape the attack while driving with my passengers from Abuja to Kaduna,” Adamu added.

Another private driver who also witnessed the attack, Danladi Sani, said, “I narrowly escaped the bandit’s attack at Olam because my car was behind one of the vehicles damaged by their gunshots as they shot sporadically to vehicles that ran into their blockade. We turned back and run to a military checkpoint for safety.”

He added that the vehicles of the people kidnapped including a trailer, truck, were left at the area of the attack with their doors open and belonging spread on the road.

“I counted three dead bodies when the road was open at the exact place of the attack”, he said.

However, when contacted, Kaduna state Police Command spokesman, DSP Yakubu Sabo, promised to enquire from the DPO in the area and get back to journalists.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Guardian Nigeria

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Bomb Explosion Rocks Tennessee, USA On Christmas Day

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Christmas Day explosion ripped through Nashville city’s downtown, damaging store, homes and injuring three people.

According to report, before the explosion, witnesses noticed an R.V. parked across the street from her apartment. “It started playing this message, “‘Evacuate now. This vehicle has a bomb and will explode. Evacuate now.’”

Six uniformed police officers who heard the message, immediately began knocking on doors and evacuating residents. Police on the scene called for a bomb squad, but it was too late. The R.V. exploded around 6:30 a.m.

Investigators are tracking down more than 500 tips and leads to unravel the mystery.

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Trump Ask Congress To Amend COVID Relief From $600 to $2000 For Each American

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday rejected the  Covid  relief package passed by the Congress, calling it “a disgrace”

In a video message posted on Twitter, he said the package “really is a disgrace”, full of “wasteful” items.

“It’s called the Covid relief bill, but it has almost nothing to do with Covid,” he said.

The $900bn bill includes one-off $600 payments to most Americans, but Mr Trump said the figure should be increased to $2,000.

Republicans and Democrats have been negotiating a coronavirus stimulus package since July. If the president rejects this bill, it would require at least a two-thirds majority in each chamber – the House of Representatives and the Senate – to override the veto.

However, Mr Trump has not specifically said he would veto the bill.

“I am asking Congress to amend this bill and increase the ridiculously low $600 to $2,000 or $4,000 for a couple.

Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi tweeted a reply to the president’s tweet

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One Million Americans Have Taken The COVID Vaccine

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According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than one million Americans have received their first shot of the coronavirus vaccine as of Wednesday. Health care workers and people living in long-term care facilities, as well as some lawmakers, were the first to receive the vaccine in the U.S. while the next phase is set to target people aged over-75 and critical workers.

Tennessee and California have emerged as the epicenter due to latest surge in the COVID-19 virus.

The US aim for 100 million people to get vaccinated by the end of the first quarter of 2021, and another 100 million by the second quarter.

The U.S. has recorded over 18 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 324,000 deaths

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