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Indonesia arrests leader of terrorist group that bombed Bali, linked to al-Qaeda

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Indonesia police said on September 13 that the country’s counter-terrorism team had arrested the leader of the al-Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiyah terrorist group.

AP on September 13 quoted Indonesian police spokesman Ahmad Ramadhan as saying that Indonesian authorities arrested Abu Rusdan late on September 10 in Bekasi, near the capital Jakarta. Rusdan was arrested along with three other people suspected of being members of Jemaah Islamiyah.

 

“He is active in the leadership of the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) network,” Ramadhan said.

 

Indonesian authorities consider Rusdan a key figure in Jemaah Islamiyah, an organization linked to  al-Qaeda and classified as a terrorist by the United States. The group is blamed for attacks in the Philippines and Indonesia, including a bombing on the Indonesian island of Bali in 2002 that killed 202 people, mostly foreign tourists.

Mr. Ramadhan said the arrest was part of a nationwide JI crackdown. Indonesian police are still searching for other suspected JI members after receiving reports that the group was recruiting and training new members in Indonesia.

 

Rusdan (61 years old) was born in Central Java. He was sentenced to prison in 2003 for sheltering Ali Ghufron, a jihadist convicted and executed for carrying out the Bali bombings.

 

After being released from prison in 2006, Rusdan traveled around Indonesia giving lectures. These talks attract tens of thousands of views on YouTube. In one of his lectures, Rusdan praised Afghanistan as “a land of jihad”. Rusdan has trained with other militant groups in Afghanistan.

 

Densus 88, the counter- terrorism unit of the Indonesian police, has arrested 53 people suspected of being members of the terrorist group JI in the past weeks in 11 different provinces. An Indonesian court in 2008 banned JI from operating. The continued raid by Indonesian security forces with support from the US and Australia helped to weaken this network.

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Ronaldo Asks Man Utd board to Replace Solskjaer with Zidane

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Ronaldo Asks Man Utd board to Replace Solskjaer with Zidane

According to El Chiringuito, Cristiano Ronaldo has advised Manchester United’s board to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with Zinedine Zidane.

Following a 4-2 loss to Leicester City on Saturday, Solskjaer has been under greater scrutiny.

The Red Devils have lost three matches in the Premier League.

United’s leadership is said to have given Solskjaer their full support, believing the 48-year-old would enhance the team’s performance.

Senior officials at Old Trafford, on the other hand, are weighing their alternatives and have identified him as a viable contender, based on Ronaldo’s proposal.

According to the report, Zidane has met with United’s management, but he is interested in succeeding Didier Deschamps as France’s new head coach.

It’s also been reported that Zidane was approached by both PSG and Newcastle United, but the former Real Madrid manager declined both offers.

 

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Tinubu will be a presidential candidate for the APC, according to a lawmaker

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Tinubu will be a presidential candidate for the APC, according to a lawmaker.

Hon Gbolahan Yishawu, a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, has stated that the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, is ready to nominate Bola Tinubu, the party’s national leader, as its presidential candidate in 2023.

The outcome of Saturday’s State Congress, according to Yishawu, demonstrated that they were ready to appoint Tinubu the APC’s flag bearer.

The legislator, who represents Eti-Osa II, made the statement immediately after the congress, which took place at Lagos State’s Mobolaji Johnson Arena Stadium.

The success of the Congress, according to Yishawu, demonstrated that internal democracy was here to stay.

He praised party members for maintaining peace and order throughout the congress’s conclusion.

“As you can see here, everything is peaceful and orderly, and the rules and regulations of the party are being played according to the party’s constitution, and we are upholding all democratic and pragmatic stakeholders of today, internal democracy is working in the All Progressive Congress party,”

he said.

“For us in Lagos State, the Congress demonstrates that we are one and unified, and that we can galvanize ourselves, and by God’s help, our wish is for our leader, Aisiwaju Bola Tinubu, to be the party’s presidential candidate in 2023.”

Tinubu is rumored to be eyeing the presidency in 2023.

Posters have been seen in certain states, and a campaign office has been established in Abuja.

Despite the outpouring of support from his fans, the former governor of Lagos State has stayed mute about his presidential ambitions.

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Oko Chukwu, the Deputy Governor of Abia, salutes Ikpeazu, at 57 and pledges his support.

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Oko Chukwu, the Deputy Governor of Abia, salutes Ikpeazu, at 57 and pledges his support.

Rt. Hon Ude Oko Chukwu, the Deputy Governor of Abia State, has praised his boss, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, for their overall cordial relationship and synergy.

He restated his sincere commitment to continue to support and collaborate with Ikpeazu in all of his efforts to provide the people of the state and Nigeria with a strong and effective democratic government.

The praise was contained in a statement issued by the Deputy Governor and made available to journalists in Umuahia on Sunday by his Chief Press Secretary, Obasi Okibeh Onwukah, congratulating Governor Ikpeazu on his 57th birthday on Monday.

Oko Chukwu said it was thrilling to be a part of the Abia administration, which has been led by Governor Ikpeazu since 2015, especially because of the state’s historic successes in all areas of the economy, which have substantially improved the state’s face and fortunes.

According to him, there are a thousand and one plausible reasons to thank and appreciate God for the clean bill of health he has bestowed upon the State Chief Executive, adding that his entire family is relying on God’s divine assurance to confidently declare that Kinetic Governor will continue to celebrate many more glorious birthdays ahead in stronger and healthier condition.

While congratulating him on his 57th birthday, the Abia Deputy Governor prayed that God Almighty would sustain and empower him in everything that he does in order to positively and effectively lead Abia State to higher heights for the glory of God and the common welfare of humanity.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari congratulated Governor Ikpeazu on his 57th birthday milestone on Sunday.

To honor the Abia Governor, the President joined the whole Ikpeazu family, their friends, and acquaintances.

Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, made the announcement on Sunday.

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