Thursday, October 28

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Cameroon: ‘Ambazonian Boys’ step up action near Cross River border, screen Nigerians
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Cameroon: ‘Ambazonian Boys’ step up action near Cross River border, screen Nigerians

Some youths fighting for self-rule in southwest Cameroon have reportedly stepped up their agitation. They are also reported to be screening, blocking both Cameroonians and Nigerians travelling into and out of the country as well as shooting since last week in borderline communities. A handful of Cameroonians residing in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, who sneaked into Mamfe town and other parts of their ancestral southwest Cameroon, painted gory pictures, narrating how they were very lucky to have returned alive. Bisong Ojong Nre, 56, who does menial jobs in Calabar and had a family reunion in his Cameroonian hometown three weeks ago said he had to meander dangerous bush paths near Boki LGA of Cross River State to escape the rampaging Ambazonian Boys who extort and clamp d...
Pastor among 125 people arrested in human trafficking sting
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Pastor among 125 people arrested in human trafficking sting

A Florida pastor who recently launched a new church is among 125 people arrested in a 20-day human trafficking sting that resulted in the rescue of four women and a 17-year-old in the US. “Individuals who make a conscious choice and effort to take advantage of others through human trafficking have no room in Hillsborough County,” Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister declared during a press conference on the arrests. “Our approach and efforts year-round are proactive and relentless. Our strong team of detectives will continue to work tirelessly to takedown and put a stop to human trafficking.” Chronister said during the sting operation dubbed “Operation Round-Up” that started on Aug. 4 and ended Oct. 13, undercover detectives targeted criminals who attempted to prey upon...
Women sensitise residents against against sexual, gender based violence in Bauchi communities
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Women sensitise residents against against sexual, gender based violence in Bauchi communities

In view of the rising incidents of domestic violence in the society, women from Wuntin Dada and Miri communities in Bauchi Local Government Areas of Bauchi State have embarked on peaceful rallies to create more awareness among people of their respective communities against sexual and gender based violence (SGBV). The rallies were coordinated by a Bauchi-based nongovernmental organisation (NGO), Aid Connect for Development (AIDCODE) in collaboration with ActionAid Nigeria and facilitated under the Canada funded intervention tagged, Women Voice and Leadership (WSL). Carrying various placards with inscriptions like: “We don’t agree to SGBV”; “Parents, be vigilant over your children”; “We don’t agree to sodomy”, among many others, women, who trooped out in large numbers, marched round th...
Boko Haram has taken over 500 communities in Niger state, says LGA chairman
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Boko Haram has taken over 500 communities in Niger state, says LGA chairman

Boko Haram insurgents have taken over more than 500 communities in Shiroro LGA, Niger State, according to Shiroro chairman Suleiman Chukuba. Speaking with journalists on Friday, September 30, Chukuba said not less than 8 wards in the LGA are now under Boko Haram siege. He said the affected areas are Manta, Gurmana, Bassa-Kokki, Allawa, Kurebe, Kushaka, Kwati, Chukuba and Galadima Kogo. He said: "They incorporate the people of those communities by telling them they have arms and money to give them so they can assist them in fighting the government. "Shiroro local government has an uncountable number of Boko Haram fighters. "I have the proof being that I am the executive chairman, the chief security officer of the local government. When they go to the various communities, wh...
Bauchi: We paid N72m ransom to bandits in one year – Burra communities allege
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Bauchi: We paid N72m ransom to bandits in one year – Burra communities allege

Burra community in Ningi Local Government Area of Bauchi State has alleged that over N72 million was paid as ransom to bandits to secure release of many of their kidnapped kinsmen. This was revealed by the Chairman, Ningi LGA, Mamuda Hassan Tabla, while speaking with journalists in Bauchi, adding that there was an influx of strangers from Zamfara State in the area whose presence has resulted in increasing kidnap of the people. The council boss alleged that once anyone gets kidnapped in the affected communities, they used to take ransom to Zamfara State. He said that members of the communities were afraid of the activities of bandits, who he alleged had taken over people’s farms, a development that had put them in abject poverty as they paid ransom and they still lost their farms. ...
Bayelsa: Again, Host communities shut down NCDMB building, reject training of 100 youths
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Bayelsa: Again, Host communities shut down NCDMB building, reject training of 100 youths

Hundreds of protesters on Wednesday, again, besieged and shut down activities at the headquarters building of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital. The aggrieved youths said they rejected the offer of training just one hundred youths from the earlier agreed and approved 1000 youths from over 850 communities in the eight local government areas of the state. The angry protesters at the early hours of Wednesday stormed and barricaded the main entrance to the content tower, preventing visitors and workers from gaining entrance into the building. Recall that DAILY POST, had on Monday reported that the protesters besieged and shut down activities at the headquarters building of the NCDMB, over the expiration of agreement...
Declaration of south-east as a red zone by ministries means what is due to us would be difficult to come – Governor Umahi
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Declaration of south-east as a red zone by ministries means what is due to us would be difficult to come – Governor Umahi

Governor David Umahi has raised an alarm of the South-East region of the country being decared as a red-zone by ministries due to insecurity. Speaking while inaugurating the leadership of the south-east traditional rulers council in Abakiliki on Tuesday September 21, the Ebonyi state Governor said the declaration means federal projects won't come to the region. Stressing that it is time for the zone’s leaders and people to collectively say no to the killings in the region, Umahi stated that the agitation for secession has been hijacked by cultists, kidnappers and other criminal elements. According to him, there is need for re-evaluation of the agitation. He said; “The declaration of south-east as a red zone by these ministries means that what is due to us would be difficult t...
Plateau unrest: Community urges FG to build police barracks, training camp
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Plateau unrest: Community urges FG to build police barracks, training camp

Sequel to the recent attack at Yelwa Zangam community of Jos North LGA of Plateau State, where over 30 people were killed, several others injured and many properties destroyed, Anaguta Development Association (ADA) has called on the Federal Government to establish a police mobile post at Yelwan Zangam and Kunga communities of the area. The ADA also said a mobile police training camp should be opened at the hills East of Bauchi Ring Road, around Atagir Zangam, Jos North LGA, so as to prevent the area from becoming a kidnapper’s den or militia camp. The ADA equally called on the government to construct an alternative safety route during emergency situations for students and staff of the University of Jos. The association stated this in a press statement, signed by its President, Hon...
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Plateau unrest: Expedite action in establishment of Anti-Land Grabbing Board – State Assembly tells Gov. Lalong

The Plateau State House of Assembly has called on Governor Simon Lalong to expedite action in ensuring the establishment of the Anti-Land Grabbing Board, which will facilitate the process of land recovery in affected communities in the state. DAILYPOST recalls that the Youth Wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria in the state about a fortnight ago during a press conference on the security situation that bedeviled the state, raised alarm that over 100 communities have been grabbed from the natives. Chairman of YOWICAN in the State, Deacon Markus Audu Kanda had said, “In Riyom, Bokkos and Barkin Ladi LGAs, over 100 villages have been taken over by Fulanis, you can do your background checks; but that is the really. According to him, “Villages are attacked; houses are burnt, the...
Community policing key to solving Nigeria’s security challenges – IGP Alkali
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Community policing key to solving Nigeria’s security challenges – IGP Alkali

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba Alkali, has charged Nigerians to embrace and own community policing initiative saying it has proven to be effective in tackling emerging security threats in communities globally. The IGP gave the charge yesterday when he paid a courtesy visit to Governor Mai Mala Buni in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital. Alkali reminisced with nostalgia community policing in the olden days when community leaders, district head, village head and religious leaders were fully involved in security matters. The Police Chief said as a strong proponent of community policing in Nigeria, there is the need to encourage community leaders in the state and the country as a whole to talk to their subjects to be at the forefront in introducing and promoting c...
Flooding: Kano evacuates 1,000 trucks of waste in 17 days
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Flooding: Kano evacuates 1,000 trucks of waste in 17 days

The Kano State Government has evacuated over 1,000 trucks of refuse in 17 days as part of the Mass Environmental Clean Campaign by Governor Umar Abdullahi Ganduje. The State Commissioner for Environment, Dr Kabiru Ibrahim Getso, said, while flagging off planting of one million trees campaign in the state on Thursday, that the evacuation of refuse has highly reduced the menace of flooding in the city. The Commissioner explained that the 2021 Tree Planting Campaign with the theme, ‘Mitigating Climate Effects and Achieving Beautification in Kano’, is meant to checkmate the indiscriminate felling of trees in Kano, which resulted in a maximum temperature of 44 Degrees Celsius last year 2020. Getso noted that last year, the state was compelled to plant over two million trees in an effor...
Cholera outbreak: Ogun govt, community differ on death toll
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Cholera outbreak: Ogun govt, community differ on death toll

The Ogun State Government has debunked a claim by the Chairman of the Community Development Committee, CDC, in Magboro, Oluwasegun Oladosu, that about 25 persons had died of Cholera outbreak in the past few days. Government, however, did not reveal the number of casualties, saying it is still being investigated by public health workers. Oladosu had listed the affected communities to include Arepo, Akeran, Abule-Oko, Akintonde and others, all in Obafemi-Owode Local Government. The community leader alleged that about 15 Hausas living in Kara were said to have died of the ailment. However, the Ogun State Government said such number of casualties have not been recorded since the disease broke out. DAILY POST reports that Ogun Health Commissioner, Dr Tomi Coker, debunked the repo...
Lekki is now the hotbed of Cybercrime- EFCC
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Lekki is now the hotbed of Cybercrime- EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC has said that Lekki, the fast-developing upper middle-class area of Lagos Metropolis, is emerging as the new hub of internet-related fraud. A statement released by the agency says data from the investigation activities of the Lagos Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for the second quarter of 2021, indicates that Lekki District is the preferred location for all manner of cyber fraud syndicates. Between April and June, 2021, the Advance Fee Fraud and Cyber Crime Sections of the Command recorded a total of 402 internet-related fraud arrests. While the Advance Fee Fraud Section was responsible for 243 arrests, the Cyber Crime Section executed 18 sting operations which resulted in 159 arrests, from which 13 conv...
Kaduna LG polls: Group urges youths to ensure peaceful elections
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Kaduna LG polls: Group urges youths to ensure peaceful elections

The National Youth Wing of the Southern Kaduna People’s Union (SOKAPU) has called on youths in Kaduna State to come out en masse and vote credible leaders into power in all the 23 local government elections on Saturday, September 4. Comrade John Isaac, National Youth Leader of the Youth Wing of SOKAPU, in a statement called on all hard working and peace loving youths of Southern Kaduna to go out en masse and be part of the elections by casting their votes in accordance with their choices. According to him, “Now that the Local Government Elections are here, the National Youth Wing of the Southern Kaduna People’s Union (SOKAPU) is calling on all hard working and peace loving youths of Southern Kaduna to go out in mass and be part of the elections by casting their votes in accordance wi...
Identifying grazing routes key to ending herder-farmer crisis – Governor Bagudu
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Identifying grazing routes key to ending herder-farmer crisis – Governor Bagudu

Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi state has said that identifying grazing routes in the country, is key to ending herder-farmer crisis. Bagudu said this after President Muhammadu Buhari ordered a review of 368 grazing sites across 25 states in the country, with an aim of determining the levels of encroachment. However in an interview on Channels Television, Bagudu said the President’s directive does not preclude the idea of ranching. He said; “The committee is to identify grazing routes and work with states and map them. It is not to recover grazing routes, it is to identify the scale of the problem. “Mr President is interested in an audit of grazing reserves. It is a voluntary and collaborative thing with the states. “People say we have spoken about ranching. Yes, but wha...
Floods claim 7, displaces 74, 713 Adamawa people in 2 weeks
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Floods claim 7, displaces 74, 713 Adamawa people in 2 weeks

Seven people have died and 74, 713 others displaced by floods across Adamawa State in the last two weeks. Executive Secretary of the Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency (ADSEMA), Dr Muhammed Suleiman, who disclosed this on Thursday in Yola, said 79 villages in 16 local government areas are affected. He said the worst affected local government areas are Demsa, Yola South, Lamurde, Yola North and Girei. Giving details, the ADSEMA executive secretary said, “From August 11 2021 to date, about 74,713 people are affected in 79 communities in 16 local government areas across the state. “The most hit areas include Demsa LGA with a total of 8,332 affected persons in nine communities with one dead, and Lamurde LGA with about 7,725 people affected in eight communities, followed by Y...
Flood: Buni charges traditional rulers to enlighten subjects on dangers of waterways blockage
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Flood: Buni charges traditional rulers to enlighten subjects on dangers of waterways blockage

Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni has charged traditional rulers in the state to enlighten their communities on the need to keep the waterways free from blockage. Buni, in a statement signed by his spokesman, Mamman Mohammed, on Wednesday visited the emirs of Damaturu, Fika and Potiskum to sympathise with them over the recent floods recorded in some communities in the emirates. He assured the monarchs that the government would work towards providing permanent solutions to the floods in their communities. “Government will consider building massive water ways, drainages and channels to divert the flow of the rain water from residential buildings”, he said. The governor, however, noted that some of the floods were preventable once structures were built on water ways, while chargi...
Buhari should be congratulated for signing the PIB act into law. It will address environmental hazards – Governor Hope Uzodinma
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Buhari should be congratulated for signing the PIB act into law. It will address environmental hazards – Governor Hope Uzodinma

Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo state has said that President Muhammadu Buhari should be congratulated for signing the controversial Petroleum Industry Bill 2021 into law. Recall that the PIB act ignited controversy following the allocation of three per cent revenue to host communities in the Niger Delta, while a fund for the exploration of oil in frontier basins, mostly in northern states, received 30 per cent. However in an interview on Channels Television, Uzodinma said the law will help to regulate environmental hazards such as oil spillage. The Imo state Governor said;   “All the hazards that follow the production of oil, mostly environmental hazards, are as a result of the absence of regulatory environments. “These laws when put in place, will not only regulate...
Five killed, two missing, Property Destroyed as Flood Wreak Havoc in Yobe
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Five killed, two missing, Property Destroyed as Flood Wreak Havoc in Yobe

Five persons including children have been killed while two others are missing after flood wrecked Potiskum Local Government Area of Yobe State. The flooding following a heavy downpour on Sunday night, August 15, also destroyed several buildings in many parts of the commercial town of Potiskum. A resident, Hamza Maidede, told Daily Trust that many buildings around Nahuta communities have collapsed. "We are at the moment grieving because an infant in my neighbourhood lost his life as a building collapsed on him. We pray for God’s intervention and seeking support from government at all level." said Maidede. The Executive Secretary of Yobe State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Dr Mohammed Goje, who confirmed the incident, said SEMA search and rescue team were in Potiskum co...
Buhari signs Petroleum Industry Bill 2021 into law
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Buhari signs Petroleum Industry Bill 2021 into law

President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the controversial Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) 2021 into law. This was announcened via a statement released by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, on Monday August 20. The ceremonial part of the new legislation will be done on Wednesday August 22 after President Buhari must have fulfilled the days of mandatory isolation. The statement read;  “Working from home in five days quarantine as required by the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 after returning from London on Friday, August 13, the President assented to the Bill, Monday, August 16, in his determination to fulfill his constitutional duty. “The ceremonial part of the new legislation will be done on Wednesday, after the days of mandatory isolation wou...
Bandits kill 8 farmers in Kaduna
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Bandits kill 8 farmers in Kaduna

Bandits have killed eight farmers in fresh attacks in Buruku and Udaw‎a villages of Chikun Local Government Areas of Kaduna State. It was gathered that the gunmen attacked the villages on Saturday morning, August 14, resulting in the death of the farmers while scores sustained serious injuries. Spokesperson of the State Police Command, ASP Mohammed Jalige, who confirmed the incident, said that a detachment of police officers has been deployed to the scene to ascertain the number of those killed as well as to maintain law and order. "Yes, there were attacks on farmers in Buruku and Udawa communities. But the number of casualties has not been ascertained. As soon as we get the details, we will make it public." he stated. A community leader, Muhammed Umar, who confirmed the at...
Group bemoans poor state of Primary Health Centers in Imo
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Group bemoans poor state of Primary Health Centers in Imo

A group, Connected Development (CODE), has lamented the lack of basic requirements in many primary healthcare centres (PHCs) in Imo State, saying its findings reveal that a vast number of health centres in the state lack doctors, nurses, toilets, chairs, beds or drugs. Team Lead, CODE – Imo State, Dr Chigozirim Akudo Osuji, stated this on Thursday during a town hall meeting in Okwu Uratta Primate Health Center in Owerri North local government area of the State. She said, “The poor state of Primary Health Centres in Imo has left the populace of many communities vulnerable to diseases with attendant high maternal and infant mortality rates.” Osuji said, “From the comprehensive report on the outreach for COVID-19 vaccines in Primary Health Care Centres (PHCs) held in four communities...
I Enjoyed being Called ‘audio governor’ – Governor Makinde
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I Enjoyed being Called ‘audio governor’ – Governor Makinde

Governor Seyi Makinde has revealed how he felt being called "audio Governor" by his critics. Makinde in his speech at the swearing in of the seven commissioner nominees who were reappointed into his cabinet on Friday August 6, said he enjoyed being called the “audio governor” by his critics who are now “acknowledging the visuals” and asking if the projects are sustainable. The Oyo state Governor stated that his administration is concentrating on spreading development in all parts of the state. He said;   “Our administration has become known for sustainable development in all sectors, with no communities left behind. We want to continue to do even more than what we have done before. “I meet people and once they tell me they are from Oyo State, I ask them the geopoli...
If FG Could Pick Up Kanu, Igboho, Why Is It Difficult To Fight Bandits – SOKAPU Blows Hot
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If FG Could Pick Up Kanu, Igboho, Why Is It Difficult To Fight Bandits – SOKAPU Blows Hot

According to a report by The PUNCH, the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union has carpeted the Federal Government over the arrest and detention of activists across the country. The umbrella body of the Southern Kaduna people urged the government to deploy the same tactics adopted in the arrest of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, and Yoruba Nation activist, Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho, in tackling the rampaging bandits in the North. SOKAPU’s National President, Jonathan Asake, stated this while addressing journalists in Kaduna on Thursday. The SOKAPU leader also alleged that over 100 natives had so far been killed in communities in the Zango-Kataf Local Government Area of the state recently. According to him, the government must stop the use of force on ...
Governor Lalong appalled by willful destruction of farm crops in Plateau; Orders arrest of Perpetrators
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Governor Lalong appalled by willful destruction of farm crops in Plateau; Orders arrest of Perpetrators

Plateau State Governor Simon Bako Lalong has described as callous, criminal, inhuman and wicked, the reported willful destruction of farm crops in some communities in the State by yet to be apprehended criminals. Governor Lalong while reacting to the ugly development said it is unimaginable that people will go into a farm and mow down flourishing crops that are nearing maturity and expected to be harvested in the coming weeks and months for whatever reason. This, according to him is a premeditated act that must be addressed. "The recent case of such intentional decimation of farm crops in Kpachudu, Jebbu Miango in Bassa Local Government area is totally condemnable and unacceptable. From the reports, this is a carefully planned and executed act that is not only meant to pro...
Lagos records four COVID-19 related deaths
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Lagos records four COVID-19 related deaths

Lagos State has recorded four COVID-19 related deaths between July 14 and July 17 2021. The state Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, who made the disclosure on his Facebook page, said that the deaths increased the state’s COVID-19 related mortality to 363. He, however, did not give additional information about the deceased’s sex or age. According to him, there are currently 1,045 active COVID-19 cases in communities being managed under Home Based Care. He said that 5,455 tests were conducted on the reported dates, out of which 205 new COVID-19 infections were confirmed. “The new infections increased the state’s total COVID-19 infections to 61,026,” Abayomi said. He further said that 55, 617 of the infected people had recovered in communities, while 3,943 had rec...
Bandits go on Rampage in Zamfara after their leader’s father was arrested
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Bandits go on Rampage in Zamfara after their leader’s father was arrested

Villagers and travellers in Shinkafi Local Government Area of Zamfara state were reportedly abducted by bandits on a rampage on Friday July 16. The attacks were carried out two weeks after the arrest of notorious bandit leader, Turji's father in Kano, with his whereabout still unknown. Daily Trust reported that about 150 persons have been taken hostage by the group in the last 24 hours by the bandits who also sacked Kurya, Keta, Kware, Badarawa, Marisuwa, Maberaya villages. It was further learnt that the bandits’ leader vowed that if his father would be stopped from performing the upcoming Sallah at home, he would also ensure that many other people spend the period without their families. A source who was at the meeting told the publication that Turji had sent a warning to ...
Again, Gunmen Invade Ibarapaland, Number Of Victims Unknown
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Again, Gunmen Invade Ibarapaland, Number Of Victims Unknown

According to a report by The PUNCH, serious panic gripped residents of communities in Ibarapaland, Oyo State, on Friday night, as gunmen invaded Igangan, Ibarapa North Local Government Area of the state and allegedly opened fire on some persons. Residents of the town told our correspondent that the gunmen, who allegedly dressed in Customs uniform, invaded the town around 7 pm, shot and killed an unspecified number of people they met at the entrance of the town before fleeing. The eyewitnesses said they did not know the number of persons killed by the gunmen, but that one of the sources had claimed that one person was shot dead by the rampaging hoodlums. The gunmen were said to have loaded themselves in four vehicles, two of which were a Toyota Hilux and Sienna. Some of the ...
House of Reps members pass PIB bill, adopt 3% for host communities
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House of Reps members pass PIB bill, adopt 3% for host communities

The House of Representatives today July 16, passed the Conference Committee report on the Petroleum Industry(PIB) Bill, voting 3 percent for host communities in the oil-producing areas. The House stepped down consideration of the bill on Thursday, July 15, after a heated debate on the percent to be awarded to host communities ensued. While the South-South lawmakers demand a 5% PIB allocation to host communities, the conference report approved 3% allocation for host communities. The number in dispute is the percentage of the total operating expenses (OPEX) oil companies are expected to contribute to a trust fund created for host communities. This morning, the lawmakers who were of the ruling APC, voted in favor of the PIB bill. The voting for the passage of the bill took place ...
I regret that our considerable investments in security are yet to manifest in defeat or considerable degradation of criminals – El-Rufai
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I regret that our considerable investments in security are yet to manifest in defeat or considerable degradation of criminals – El-Rufai

Governor Nasir El-Rufai has expressed regret of his administration's investment in security not manifesting in defeat or considerable degradation of criminals in Kaduna state. Speaking during the presentation of the Kaduna State Security Incidents Report for the Second Quarter of 2021, El-Rufai noted that there have been a total of 222 deaths in the state in the second quarter of 2021 resulting from violent attacks, communal clashes and reprisals. A total of 774 persons have also been kidnapped. He said; “As Governor of the state, it is a matter of profound regret for me that our considerable investments in security are yet to manifest in the defeat or the considerable degradation of the criminals. “The data on security incidents in the state during the second quarter of 2021...
It’s coming home to Rome, Italians in England predict Euro victory
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It’s coming home to Rome, Italians in England predict Euro victory

Were it not for the grey skies and threat of rain as they sip espressos and talk football outside La Piazza Caffè, Luciano Lambiase and his friends could be in Naples or Rome. But the retired factory engineer, 66, and his boyhood friends Pasquale Spadaccino and Franco Bulzis, both 73, are discussing the upcoming Euro 2020 final in the southern English town of Bedford, home to one of the country’s largest Italian communities. “It’s coming home to Rome,” Lambiase told AFP, predicting that his national team would beat England in the 2020 UEFA European Football Championship final at Wembley on Sunday. “It’s always been a mystery to us what ‘It’s Coming Home’ means,” he added, referring to the popular anthem written by comedians David Baddiel and Frank Skinner that England fans sin...
Housing minister, Robert Jenrick, angers trans community as he says you must have a vagina to be a woman
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Housing minister, Robert Jenrick, angers trans community as he says you must have a vagina to be a woman

In what has been seen as a major blow to transgender rights, the British Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government has said one must have a vagina to be a woman.   The housing secretary, Robert Jenrick, said being a woman is a biological matter.   He said he agreed with his colleague Liz Truss, who is the minister for women and equalities, when she said "women do have vaginas".   Their comments are a blow to activists campaigning for trans people to get the right to self-identify as their lived gender.   Last autumn the government went back on its promise to change the Gender Recognition Act to allow people to "self-ID".   Mr Jenrick told Times Radio: "I think there’s a matter of biology, of course, what is a...
Abducted Ekiti monarch regains freedom after ransom payment
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Abducted Ekiti monarch regains freedom after ransom payment

The Eleda of Eda-Ile in Ekiti East local government area of Ekiti State, Oba Benjamin Osho, who was abducted by gunmen last week has regained his freedom. The traditional ruler was abducted while working on his farm in the community on Thursday evening. The kidnappers had earlier demanded N20 million ransom which the family said it could not afford and pleaded for it to be reduced. A source close to the palace informed newsmen that Oba Osho was released late on Sunday night at a bush in one of the neighbouring communities. ” Yes, Kabiyesi has been freed on Sunday night by the gunmen after the family paid about N2 million from the N20 million initially demanded by the gunmen. The money was raised by many people and I have someone who contributed to it. “As I speak with you no...
‘No one wants to watch!’ – US columnist tells Meghan Markle and Harry over the production of their Netflix series
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‘No one wants to watch!’ – US columnist tells Meghan Markle and Harry over the production of their Netflix series

In September 2020, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle signed a huge deal with streaming service Netflix worth £109million. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex signed the deal to make original contents which includes documentaries, children's programmes as well as scripted shows, and feature films. While a full list of their plans is yet to be revealed it was announced back in April that Harry was working on a series about the Invictus games. However, many of their fans can't wait to finally see the pair's hard work on screens, but other people including US columnist Maureen Callahan are definitely not as excited after hearing the Netflix announcement. The columnist brutally hit out at the pair and their ambitions of becoming Netflix mega-stars, writing in the New York Post: "Meghan ...
2nd Niger bridge will be completed in 2022- Fashola says
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2nd Niger bridge will be completed in 2022- Fashola says

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, says the Second Niger bridge which is currently being constructed, will be completed in 2022. Fashola spoke at a forum organized by the News Agency of Nigeria to mark the sixth anniversary of the Buhari administration in Abuja, today June 20. According to Fashola, the bridge, which will serve as a major link between the south-east and the south-west will be delivered between the second and third quarters of 2022. “So, what you see currently is the final work. The sub-structure which entailed building cement structures underwater often costs a lot of money. We should finish the bridge next year between the second quarter and third quarter.”he said The bridge is 1.6km long and furnished with other ancillary infrastructure, inc...
Buhari to visit Borno on Thursday
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Buhari to visit Borno on Thursday

President Muhammadu Buhari will on Thursday June 17, visit Borno state.   During the one day official visit, the President would appraise the security situation and inaugurate some of the viable projects executed by the federal and state governments.   Governor Babagana Zulum disclosed this in a special broadcast to the people of the state on Wednesday June 16.   Zulum said;   “I once again, thank you for supporting our administration. I remain grateful to everyone, for your support, well wishes, prayers and above all, for being good citizens. “Insha’Allah; our President, Muhammadu Buhari, will be coming to Borno State on Thursday, June 17, 2021. “The president is coming to appraise the security situation in the northeast during which he will...
Nigerian Army Deny Report of Revenge Mission in Abia
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Nigerian Army Deny Report of Revenge Mission in Abia

The Nigerian Army have denied report of engaging in a revenge mission in some communities in Ohafia Local Government Area, Abia State. Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima who also faulted an allegation that six soldiers were killed, added that the army is aware of a fake report trending on social media that the soldiers were killed in a clash with members of the Eastern Security Network (ESN)/ Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). Yerima admitted that troops carried out routine clearance operations, but said they were in line with the rules of engagement and respect for fundamental human rights of the citizens aimed at restoring socio-economic activities. The statement read; “The NA wishes to debunk the allegation as a baseless fabrication aimed...
Nigerian Army deny report of revenge mission in Abia
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Nigerian Army deny report of revenge mission in Abia

The Nigerian Army have denied report of engaging in a revenge mission in some communities in Ohafia Local Government Area, Abia State.   Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima who also faulted an allegation that six soldiers were killed, added that the army is aware of a fake report trending on social media that the soldiers were killed in a clash with members of the Eastern Security Network (ESN)/ Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).   Yerima admitted that troops carried out routine clearance operations, but said they were in line with the rules of engagement and respect for fundamental human rights of the citizens aimed at restoring socio-economic activities.   The statement read;   “The NA wishes to debunk the allega...
Defend yourselves against bandits – Governor Matawalle tells Zamfara residents
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Defend yourselves against bandits – Governor Matawalle tells Zamfara residents

Speaking during a special prayer session to mark the second year anniversary of his administration, Matawalle said the directive became necessary to draw teams of agile youths that would be saddled with the responsibility of crushing criminals. He said;   “The insecurity situation has defied solution, as such people should defend themselves. “I am calling on the people of the state to defend themselves if the bandits attack them. “My government has approved that whenever the bandits attack you, don’t wait for the security personnel to come to your rescue. You should rise up and protect yourselves. “My government has also planned to recruit locals from each community who will be in charge of monitoring their villages to ensure that bandits don’t attack them. “I’m...
My Shoot-at-sight Directive on Criminals with AK-47 remains in Place – President Buhari
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My Shoot-at-sight Directive on Criminals with AK-47 remains in Place – President Buhari

President Buhari on Thursday June 10 reiterated that his directive to security agencies, to shoot any person or persons found illegally wielding AK-47s and other assault weapons, remains in place. The President said this at the handing over of security equipment by the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu to the Lagos State Police Command during his one-day official visit to the State. The President also vowed that his administration will act firmly and decisively ‘‘against any and all persons fomenting or carrying out attacks on our Police Force and other security personnel.’ President Buhari warned that ‘‘a nation that turns its Police personnel and infrastructure into targets of violence and destruction is a nation on the path of self-destruction.’’ ‘‘As Commander-in...
Nobody should pay ransom if I’m kidnapped – El-Rufai’s wife
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Nobody should pay ransom if I’m kidnapped – El-Rufai’s wife

Wife of Kaduna State Governor, Hajia Asia El-Rufai has said that Nigerians must sacrifice to end banditry and kidnapping, saying that, no ransom should be paid to her abductors if she is kidnapped. The Governor’s wife made the remarks in Kaduna on Wednesday while addressing participants of a peace and security training, organized for Kaduna women by Equal Access International (EAI). The training according to the EAI’s Country Director, Mr. Maaji Peters is aimed at securing Nigerian communities through creation of Civilian Security, CIVSEC who will make contributions and decisions on issues that affects them and their communities. El-Rufai’s wife who was the Guest of Honor at the event said that, Nigerians must get back their once peaceful country and women have a great role to pla...
Bandits Kill 26 in Zamfara State
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Bandits Kill 26 in Zamfara State

26 persons including a police officer have been killed in another deadly attack in some communities in Bungudu Local Government Area of Zamfara State. The state police spokesperson, Shehu Mohammed said the assailants were armed with sophisticated weapons and invaded Tofa village in large numbers, shooting sporadically and killing some of the villagers. Mohammed also disclosed that some of the bandits were wounded after being engaged in a gun battle with the police tactical operatives stationed in the village, while on their way to carry out another attack in Samawa.
Zamfara youths block highway to protest against incessant attacks by bandits, destroy vehicles
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Zamfara youths block highway to protest against incessant attacks by bandits, destroy vehicles

The Gusau – Kaura Namoda Highway in Zamfara State has been blocked by youths from the state who are reportedly staging a violent protest against the incessant attacks by bandits in their communities.   Channels Television reported that one of the commuters who was trapped along the road on Monday May 31, said the youths blocked the highway along Kurya junction and began to destroy public vehicles travelling along the road.   They reportedly condemned the unending insecurity and attacks carried out by bandits in their communities.   Police operatives have however, dispersed the protesters to ensure the free flow of vehicular movement on the road.  
Foreigner who Sold Over 450 Rifles to Bandits and 4 others Arrested in Zamfara
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Foreigner who Sold Over 450 Rifles to Bandits and 4 others Arrested in Zamfara

Five notorious suspects involved in banditry, kidnapping, cattle rustling, and illegal possession of firearms have been arrested by the police in Zamfara. The suspects were paraded on Friday May 14 at the Police Headquarters in Gusau, the state capital. The state police spokesperson, Shehu Mohammed said the suspects were arrested as a result of the collaboration between the police and the state leadership of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN). Four AK-49 rifles, nine magazines, 960 live ammunition, and assorted charms were recovered from the suspects accused of terrorising various communities in Zamfara, Kaduna, Katsina States in the North West, and Niger State in the north-central part of the country. Amo...
13 Feared Dead as Armed Herdsmen Invade Benue community
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13 Feared Dead as Armed Herdsmen Invade Benue community

13 people have been feared killed by armed herdsmen who invaded Tse-Amgbem community close to Aondoana in Gwer West Local Government Area of Benue State. The attackers burnt down the houses in the community in the early Monday morning attack, April 3 and also left many wounded. Chairman of Gwer West Local Government Area, Grace Igbabon confirmed the casualty figure in an interview on Channels Television on Monday May 3. Survivors of the attack have reportedly been displaced and are now taking refuge in Aondoana town. Police Spokesperson in the state, DSP Sewuese Anene confirmed the attack but said details concerning those who perpetrated the attacks, number of casualties, those wounded and the extend of the damage at the community is still unknown.
Nigeria Cannot Afford another War- Osinbajo
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Nigeria Cannot Afford another War- Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, has said that Nigeria cannot afford to experience another war as everyone will suffer from it. Speaking at an interactive forum of All Progressives Congress (APC) Anambra governorship aspirants, organized by the state chapter of APC Patriots in Abuja, the Vice President said “The thing about the kind of conflict in this part of the world, developing countries, is that it is usually a war without end. Everyone who thinks he has some monies stored up somewhere will eventually run out of money. Everyone who think he can go and hide somewhere, won`t even find a place to hide, at the end, everyone will suffer. Even if you don’t suffer, parents, children, young and old people and relations will suffer. We cannot afford a war in this country, we can`t affo...
30 persons killed as bandits attack four villages in Zamfara
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30 persons killed as bandits attack four villages in Zamfara

No fewer than 30 persons have been killed by suspected armed bandits during a series of attacks in four villages located in two Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state on Tuesday, April 20.   The villages attacked by bandits include Gobirawa, Rini, Gora, and Madoti Dankule in Bakura and Maradun LGAs in the state. The bandits who came on motorcycles in a large number, stormed the villages and began to fire sporadic gunshots.   Confirming the attack, Aminu Suleiman who is the Sole Administrator of Bakura LGA, said the first attack led to the killings of about more than 20 people and the reprisal (by the Yan-Sakai – local vigilante) that led to the killing of about 10 people as well. He said one of the victims and a resident of Gobirawa, who spoke in Hausa, narrated h...
Bandits Terrorising Communities Around Armed Forces College In Kaduna
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Bandits Terrorising Communities Around Armed Forces College In Kaduna

Residents of communities around the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Jaji, Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State, have lamented the constant attacks from armed bandits. Their mission, according to some locals, is to abduct some staff of the college and the communities. This is coming in less than two months after bandits stormed the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, Mando, also in Kaduna and kidnapped no fewer than 39 students. AFCSC is a training facility for the Nigerian Armed Forces, including the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Air Force and Nigerian Navy. A resident of the area, who simply identified himself as Adamu, told Daily Trust via telephone that the bandits have been operating around the college. “It is only Allah that has been s...
Niger State Government Directs Schools to Reopen on Monday
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Niger State Government Directs Schools to Reopen on Monday

The Niger state government has directed public schools in the state which were shut down following the abduction of 27 students from the Government Science College, Kagara, Niger state on February 10, to reopen on Monday March 29. The state commissioner for education, Hannatu Salihu said schools with day students will resume on March 29, while boarding secondary schools in urban areas will reopen on April 6. Schools in the state were also directed to immediately form a formidable Security team, comprising of School Officials, Security Personnel, PTA, SBMC and Vigilante with active community participation to allow for strong security presence in and around the Schools. She said; “All public day secondary schools are to reopen on Monday, March 29, 2021. All boarding secondary s...

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