Military re-opens Borno’s major highway

Timothy Olanrewaju, Maiduguri

The military is reopening the Maiduguri-Bama-Banki road, Borno State’s major highway three years after it was closed due to incessant attacks by Boko Haram.

Theatre Commander, Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Maj Gen Rogers Nicholas, is leading other military officers, officials of the state, members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), and other allied unions for the reopening at Maiduguri city gate on outskirts of the northern metropolis.

The road, which links Nigeria to the neighbouring Cameroon Republic through the commercial town of Banki in the central part of Borno, is a major highway for transporting livestock into the country.

It was closed in the wake of Boko Haram attacks on communities along the road.

Scores of commuters and motorists have been ambushed and killed on the road between 2014 and 2016.

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YCE President, Idowu Sofola, dies at 84

The Secretary General of  the Yoruba Council of Elders, Dr Kunle Olajide, has confirmed the death of YCE’s President, Chief Idowu Sofola, a prominent Nigerian jurist, Bencher and former President of the Nigerian Bar Association.

Sofola, who died on Friday night in Lagos at the age of 84, took over from retired Maj.-Gen. Adeyinka Adebayo, who passed on in 2017.

Sofola, who was born on Sept. 29, 1934, was the first black to be appointed the Secretary of the International Bar Association and was a prominent member of the Ikenne Social Circle and the Obara Ruling House for the Alakenne Royalty.

Olajide told the News Agency of Nigeria on telephone on Saturday that the YCE was grieved and shocked by Sofola’s death, who he said, was not ill or bedridden.

“I spoke with him few days ago, congratulating him on the appointment of his son as a high court judge and we were planning an event to host him.

“The icon is leaving us at a critical time particularly in Yorubaland as the…

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