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Today’s Headlines: Taxi driver slumps, dies in Rivers; Two sisters killed in Ogun building collapse

Taxi driver slumps, dies in Rivers.

According to Punch news, It was a sorry sight on Friday night when a taxi driver simply identified as Sylvester, suddenly slumped and died in the Boms axis of Elekahia in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Many residents of the community said the man was well known to them, especially as he lived in the neighbourhood.

PUNCH Metro gathered that Sylvester was earlier seen working on his vehicle at about 6:30 pm same day and thereafter went to sit with his friends in front of an electrical shop in the area.

Speaking to our correspondent, a lady who gave her name as Maria said, “I saw him pressing his phone while sitting with his friends.

“I was going to dispose waste and on my way back at that same spot, I saw the people around him shouting. As I turned to see what was happening, I saw that the man was flat on the ground.

“The men that he sat with looked at one another and were wondering. They first thought it was epilepsy. But after some time, one of them touched and shook him without getting any response from him.”

The lady said the man was living alone, though he had children, he had long separated from his wife.

Two sisters killed in Ogun building collapse.

According to Punch news, The family of Ayanshina was thrown into mourning when a building owned by the family in Ojodu Abiodun in the Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State, collapsed and killed their two daughters on Saturday.

The incident, it was gathered, occurred due to a mudslide following a downpour.

The 16-year-old Suliyat and her 25-year-old elder sister, Nofisat, were trapped in the collapsed building.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the two victims were said to be within the structure when the Saturday downpour started before the building caved in.

Our correspondent also learnt that it took some time for neighbours to free the sisters, who were hurt and trapped within the collapsed structure.

PUNCH Metro gathered that as soon as they were rescued from the wreckage, the residents rushed both injured sisters to the Tomade Hospital, Ojodu Abiodun, which is close by.

However, Suliyat and Nofisat were confirmed dead by a doctor on duty.

N’Assembly polls: Tribunals to decide 400 cases, end sittings.

According to Punch news, The National Assembly Election Petition Tribunals sitting in several states will end their proceedings this week as they prepare to deliver judgments on no fewer than 400 election petitions.

Though a senior Independent National Electoral Commission official said 552 election petitions were filed by the aggrieved candidates who participated in the National Assembly elections, The PUNCH gathered on Sunday that over 150 of the cases had been decided. It was learnt that some of the cases were withdrawn by the petitioners.

However, about 400 cases are expected to be decides this week as tribunals across the country end their sittings on Saturday 16, 2023.

Some of the leading federal lawmakers whose fate will be decided this week are seven House of Representatives members from Delta State.

In the past weeks, the panels had overturned the victories of no fewer than four senators and seven members of the House of Representatives in the polls held on February 25, 2023.

Among the recently ousted Senators were Emmanuel Udende (APC, Benue North East), Isah Jibrin (APC, Kogi East), Abubakar Ohere (APC, Kogi Central), and Thomas Joel-Onowakpo (Delta South).

In Delta, Senator Joel-Onowakpo faced a re-run election in the Delta South Senatorial District on the orders of the tribunal.

One killed as Anambra police, kidnappers engage in shootout.

According to Punch news, Operatives of the Anambra State Police Command have rescued a kidnap victim after an exchange of gunfire with the fleeing abductors at Umuota Village, Obosi, in Idemili North Local Government Area of the state.

The victim, identified simply as Abuchi, from Orumba South LGA of Anambra State, was said to have been kidnapped on Saturday evening and was rescued after residents alerted the police.

The state police spokesman, Tochukwu Ikenga, in a press statement on Sunday, said the police operatives, while on anti-crime patrol in Obosi at about 7.30pm on Saturday, were stopped by residents of the area, who informed them about a kidnap incident.

He said, “One of the hoodlums was shot and arrested while others escaped, some with bullet wounds. One double-barrelled pistol, and two live and one expended cartridge were recovered from the gang.

“The arrested suspect gave his name as Nwasu Ikenna from Obosi. He identified those that escaped as Ebuka, aka Big; Chinedu Emmanuel, and Chukwu Ojoto.

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