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Terror Attacks: UK Warns Citizens against Travelling to 12 Nigerian States Ejiofor Alike The United Kingdom government has warned its citizens in Nigeria against visiting 12 states in the country over possible terror attacks. The advisory from the UK through its Foreign and

Commonwealth Office (FCO) followed concerns on the possibility of terrorists carrying out attacks in Nigeria. In a statement published on its website “still current at October 16, 2021,” it expressed concern over protests and a heightened security presence

in major cities due to the trial of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mr. Nnamdi Kanu. The foreign government also urged its citizens to monitor local media, and avoid any demonstrations or large gatherings.

The UK listed the Nigerian states as: Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Gombe, Kaduna, Katsina and Zamfara. Other states are: Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Cross River. The FCDO also advised against all but essential travel

to: Bauchi, Kano, Jigawa, Niger, Sokoto and Kogi aand within 20kilometres of the border with Niger in Kebbi State, and Abia State. It also cautioned UK citizens against travelling to the nonriverine areas of Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers states.

According to the advisory, events to mark the one year anniversary of #EndSARS protests are likely to take place nationally, week commencing October 18. “There may be protests and Continued on page 16

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Crisis Hits APC Congresses in Lagos, Abia, Akwa Ibom, Niger, Enugu, Kwara, Others Scores injured as gunmen attack congress venues in Ogun, Osun Sanwo-Olu, Ambode, Akpabio, Udoedehe’s loyalists hold parallel congresses Keyamo, Ogboru, Okorocha, Ararume boycott exercise in Delta, Imo Our Correspondents The state congresses held across the country yesterday by

the All Progressives Congress (APC) were characterised by crisis and formation of parallel state executives of the party

in several states, THISDAY has learnt. Some of the affected states include Lagos, Ogun, Enugu,

Kwara, Imo, Sokoto, Kano, Niger, Osun, Delta, Abia, and Rivers. In Ogun State, gunmen

numbering about 10 invaded the Ake Palace Ground, Abeokuta, the state capital, which was the venue of the

State Congress of a faction of the party loyal to the former Continued on page 5

In a Dramatic Shift, Kingibe Says Nigeria’s Unity Negotiable Tambuwal: We need a detribalised leader Festus Akanbi and Onuminya Innocent in Sokoto Contrary to the claims by many Nigerian leaders that the unity of the country is non-negotiable, a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Alhaji Babagana Kingibe, has declared that the unity of Nigeria is negotiable. Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State has however stated that what the country needs at this moment is a detribalised leader with a large heart to accommodate the diverse interests of the people. Speaking yesterday at The Sun Newspaper Awards for 2020 held in Lagos, Kingibe however said even the union between a husband and wife

is negotiable. The accomplished diplomat further stated that any part of Nigeria that wants to pull out of the country should be advised to think about the implications of leaving Nigeria and what will happen to its landmass. He reminded separatist agitators that the land they reside would not be carved out and taken to anywhere in the event of their leaving Nigeria, pointing out that the land would remain where it is. Kingibe, who received the newspaper’s ‘Lifetime Achievement Award,’ called on Nigerians to learn to respect one another. He pointed out that he recorded all his achievements as a Nigerian. Continued on page 10

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WE ARE ON GROUND… L-R: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu; newly elected state Chairman, All Progressives Congress, Hon. Cornelius Ojelabi; and Lagos APC State Congress Organising Chairman, Hon. Adeolu Akande Adelabu, during the Lagos APC State Congress, at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Onikan, Lagos…yesterday