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Ban On Street Protests: Abuja Court Adjourns Suit Against Minister of FCT, Police

10 hours 52 min ago

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A Federal Capital Territory High Court in Gudu, has adjourned until March 29, hearing in a law suit instituted against Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Bello, and the Nigeria Police Force for banning street protests and other form of public demonstration in the nation’s capital.

The judge adjourned the case over the action exhibited by the counsel for Bello who filed his counter affidavit and written address on March 2, 2021, but failed to serve same on the NPF.

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While the police had no legal representation in the suit, renowned human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore, was present in court to monitor the proceedings.

The Founder and President of One Love Foundation and human rights activist, Chief Patrick Eholor, had in October 2020 sued the minister and the police for banning all #EndSARS protests in Abuja.

According to his lawyer, Ihensekhien Samuel Jnr, the ban was an infringement on the constitutional rights of residents of the FCT and Nigeria as whole.

He said, “The suit was filed to challenge the ban on #EndSARS protest in Abuja by the Minister of FCT, Muhammed Bello, and the Nigeria Police Force.

“This ban is an infringement on the constitutional rights of residents of the FCT and Nigeria as whole who are on peaceful protest expressing their displeasure over atrocities committed by F-SARS over the years.

“My client, Comrade Patrick Eholor, filed the suit to restrain the FCT Minister and Nigeria Police Force for violating the rights of protesters in the #EndSARS and #EndSWAT debacle with a ban.”

He also added that his client further implored security agencies, “To respect the fundamental rights of peaceful assembly, association, and right to freedom of speech of all #EndSARS protesters in this regard.”

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Nigerian Army, My Wife Have Abandoned Me Since I Suffered Spinal Cord Injury While Guarding Colonel—Wounded Soldier In Wheelchair

11 hours 53 sec ago

A soldier, Abdullahi Mohammed of the 212 battalion in Maiduguri has accused the Nigerian Army of deceiving and abandoning him after an accident he had with two of his colleagues.

Mohammed told SaharaReporters that life has been difficult for him since 2015 when they had the accident along Maraban/Jos Expressway in Kaduna.

He added that two of his colleagues, Jamilu Ahmed and Peter Hamisu died in the accident.

Mohammed said they were guarding the residence of a Colonel identified as Dr Hassan on the 5th of June, 2015 when his wife called them around 2 am that some Fulani herdsmen were about to steal cows at the husband’s farm.

He claimed they insisted they would not leave the building but were forced by Colonel Hassan who told them to move immediately to his farm and protect the cows from being stolen.

He added that they had the accident on their way the farm.

“It was A. A. Babalola that selected us to go to Colonel Hassan’s house, about four of us. While on duty in his house, the wife called us around 2 am in the night, she said some Fulani people were at her husband’s farm, stealing their cows, and that we should go and rescue them,” he told SaharaReporters.

“We insisted that we would not go but we were forced to move out at that time to the farm. On our way to the farm, we had an accident that led to the death of two of my colleagues while I was unconscious in the hospital for months. Later, I was told my colleagues were dead. L/cpl Jamilu Ahmed and one Peter Hamisu of the same battalion.

“From that time, till now, I swear to God, Nigerian Army has not done anything for me. I have really suffered, I don’t have anybody, I’m an orphan. Even the Colonel we were told to guard his house didn’t say anything. My wife left me, I lost my father in 2001, I lost my mum in 2003 before I finished secondary education. 

“I have written several letters to the army; they should please take care of me. I’m a poor person, I don’t have the kind of money needed for my treatment. I know people who had the same injury I sustained but are now walking well, some are walking with sticks. I feel pain everywhere on my body, even in my leg.

“It’s sad that the army can abandon me like this, so sad. I met with the former Chief of Army Staff (Lt Gen Tukur Buratai) who promised to help me then but nothing was done till he was sacked by the President. Nigerians can as well help me to walk again.

"I'm a gallant soldier who is ever ready to serve my fatherland but this is how life has changed my situation. I cannot walk, I cannot urinate unless through a pipe and rubber. I have a problem with my spinal cord. Nothing serious has been done by the commander

“I'm now calling on all Nigerians to come to help me as I have no one to assist me. Please, I don’t want my life to end like this, I have no one currently as I’m an orphan.”

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Buhari Treating Zamfara State Differently From Others With Banditry Challenges—PDP

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Kola Ologbondiyan

The Peoples Democratic Party says the Nigerian Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari is politically biased in his fight against banditry in the Northwestern part of the country.

The main opposition party accused President Buhari of declaring the ‘No-Fly Zone’ in Zamfara State being the PDP-led state while leaving other neighbouring APC-governed states affected by the same challenges

Kola Ologbondiyan .

While speaking with SaharaReporters on Thursday, the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan disclosed that the approach in the insurgency fight should be all-inclusive.  

Ologbondiyan said this in his reaction to the ‘No-Fly Zone’ declared by the Nigerian Government on Zamfara State, alleging that choppers convey arms to the state.

“The position of the Peoples Democratic Party is that whatever the Federal Government is doing must be holistic. It should not be selective. If you declare a ‘No Flying Zone’ in Zamfara, you should also do the same with Nasarawa.

“The reason is that the same issue of banditry is in Nasarawa. There are cases of illegal mining activities of mineral resources in Nasarawa as they claim they are in Zamfara. So, what we are saying is that don’t create a political undertone in the insurgency fight.

"If you think the Federal Government begins to move against the Governor of Zamfara, whereas the same allegations you are making against him was also made by Governor Nasir El-Rufai in Kaduna, and the same was also made by (Bello) Masari in Katsina, so where is the fight? And with all these, nothing was said against them.

“The President is making it look like he has a hidden interest in Zamfara. And you are making it look like Matawalle is the worst person. So, we say okay, Mr. Governor, the PDP you belong to as your party, that whatever the Federal Government is doing about this, don’t intervene, leave it to them but let them take responsibility for their actions on whatever happens to the people of Zamfara State."

The PDP spokesman also alleged that Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle has been wooed by the President to join the APC but he declined, saying this might be connected with why he was being treated differently. He, however, said the party does not oppose whatever the Presidency deems fit in handling the security issues, but quickly added that the government bears the brunt.

“Our point in the PDP is that the Presidency shouldn’t hide under the State of Emergency situation in Zamfara State. What is happening in Niger State is at par with what is happening in Zamfara. Don’t isolate Zamfara from others, because, you drag him to come and join your party and he refused. Don’t isolate the situation. We in the PDP are not against any measure, but it should be holistic,” Ologbondiyan said.

Speaking about Governor Matawalle’s offer to resign in finding a lasting solution to the banditry crisis, Ologbondiyan said the governor was only moved with compassion for his people.

On Wednesday, speaking as a guest on Politics Today, a Channels Television programme, Matawalle said, “If I know that my resignation as a governor will make the people sleep with their two eyes closed, I can resign. I am ready to do what will bring security. I am not power-hungry. I have been having a sleepless night to protect the people of Zamfara state.”

Reacting to this, PDP mouthpiece said, “He didn’t say he would resign. He said for the love of his people, if giving up for the Presidency to have their way will restore peace to his state, he will not hesitate. He was talking in that regard of accepting the Federal Government's decisions on the state to solve the banditry issue.”

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Buhari’s Order To Shoot People With AK-47 Also Affects Amotekun Operatives— Miyetti Allah

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The Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore Association has said that the order of President Muhammadu Buhari to security agencies to shoot anyone seen with AK-47 rifles also affects “Amotekun and other ethnic militias.”

The association added that it does not have any problem with the order because its herders do not carry AK-47 rifles.

The Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore National Secretary, Saleh Alhassan, stated this during an interview with SaharaReporters, noting that every non-state actor carrying rifles was bound by the presidential order.

Alhassan said, “First and foremost, our members don’t carry AK-47 riles. But if you have criminals that carry weapons, they are not state actors. So, if the President who is the Commander-in-Chief and whose responsibility it is to ensure law and order in the country, has given a directive, we should comply.

“Everyone, including vigilantes and Amotekun; I don’t think any law permits any non-state actor to carry AK-47 rifles. Since they started going after herdsmen in South-West, have they arrested anybody or have they killed anybody in the forests? At least, we should see their corpses. They are just displacing innocent herders.

“Amotekun officials should by this order stop carrying AK-47 rifles. It is implied... all these ethnic militias. When they say people are carrying AK-47 rifles, they are non-state actors and the government has waited for so long. Even those who got licences, did they get license for AK-47 rifles or just for pump action and dane guns?”   See Also Breaking News BREAKING: Shoot Anyone Seen With AK-47, Buhari Directs Security Agents 0 Comments 23 Hours Ago

The presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, disclosed in an interview with the BBC on Wednesday that Buhari had ordered that anyone seen with AK-47 should be shot.

He added that the President had directed a clampdown on bandits who had refused to surrender.

On the efforts being made to rid Zamfara and other northern states of bandits, Shehu said the government was resorting to lethal force.

“The president has ordered security forces to go into the bushes and shoot whoever they see with sophisticated weapons like AK-47,” he said.

“He ordered that whoever is seen with terrible weapons at all should be shot immediately.”

Shehu had also said the Nigerian government declared Zamfara a no-fly zone following intelligence that arms were being transported to the bandits with private jets.

“These jets are being used to pick up gold that is being mined in some parts of Zamfara and exported. This is strong because at the moment, there is a Nigerian gold market in Dubai. The government is losing, the people of this country are losing, that’s why it is said that gold mining is banned for those who are not made by the government," he said. 

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45-Year-Old Nigerian Sentenced To Death In Vietnam For Drug Trafficking

12 hours 21 min ago

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A court in the southern Tay Ninh Province of Vietnam on Tuesday sentenced a 45-year-old Nigerian, Ekwegbalu James Nzube, to death for drug trafficking.

Nzube, who was accused of trafficking nearly four kilogrammes of methamphetamine from Cambodia said he got acquainted with another Nigerian, Jone, in China in 2014, and the latter had hired him to transport drugs from Cambodia to Vietnam.

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In March 2020, he came to Ho Chi Minh City before going to Cambodia to fetch the drugs for which he was paid $2,000 (about N800, 000).

He was apprehended by border guards in Tay Ninh Province while trying to cross illegally into Vietnam last July with about four kilogrammes of meth found inside his rucksack.

Vietnam has some of the world’s toughest drug laws. Those convicted of possessing or smuggling more than 600g of heroin or 2.5kg methamphetamine face the death penalty. 

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Why Some States Will Not Be Allocated COVID-19 Vaccines—Nigerian Government

12 hours 36 min ago

Dr Walter Kazadi Mulombo, WHO Representative in Nigeria witnessed arrival of the vaccines

The Nigerian government has said states that have yet to meet the criteria for vaccine safety won’t get a share of the about four million doses of AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccines brought into the country.

Executive Director of National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Faisal Shuaib, disclosed this at a State House briefing in Abuja on Thursday.

Dr Walter Kazadi Mulombo, WHO Representative in Nigeria witnessed arrival of the vaccines

He said President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, will receive shots of the vaccines on Saturday to dissipate vaccine hesitancy amongst Nigerians.

Shuaib said, “After we are able to get our strategic leaders to publicly demonstrate that these vaccines are safe, the plan is to now go to the state level to start the launch at the treatment centres of the states and also get strategic leaders such as governors to publicly take the vaccines.

“By the time all of these happen, we will have finished all of the necessary preparations, we will have created a dashboard that will track very carefully the status of the preparedness of the states.

“We will not be sending vaccines to the states that have not fulfilled all of the criteria that will ensure that if the vaccines get to the states, they are going to be safe.

“For example, we have communicated to the states that they have to wrap up their security around their cold stores because these are very valuable vaccines and we do not want a situation where vaccines are taken to the states and criminal elements take advantage to vandalise these cold stores.

“We are also aware that during the #EndSARS vandalisation, there were some cold stores that actually suffered. I know that the state governors are trying to fix those but we have to verify that those are ready to receive our vaccines.

“We are working with the sub-national level; we are in conversation with the Nigerian Governors’ Forum to see how Nigerians can rapidly get their vaccines. It is very critical that we roll out rapidly so that we can cut into any kind of mutation that can lead to the development of resistance against our vaccines.”

The NPHCDA boss also enjoined Nigerians who wish to receive the vaccines to register on the website of the agency.

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Nigerians Fault Buhari’s Order To Shoot Civilians With AK-47, Say Igboho, Other Southern Defenders Targeted

12 hours 47 min ago

Nigerians have reacted to the order given by President Muhammadu Buhari, directing security agencies to shoot anyone seen with AK-47 on sight.

The presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, disclosed this in an interview with the BBC on Wednesday.

He said the President has embarked on a crackdown on bandits who have refused to surrender.

 “The president has ordered security forces to go into the bushes and shoot whoever they see with sophisticated weapons like AK-47,” Shehu said.

“He ordered that whoever is seen with terrible weapons at all should be shot immediately.”

In reaction to this directive, many Nigerians flooded Facebook with comments, with some saying the President had finally woken up after things had gone bad.

Others alleged that the order was sentimentally aimed at the Southerners like Yoruba activist, Sunday Igboho, who have resolved to be defending themselves after enduring years of atrocities allegedly committed by killer Fulani herders.

Igboho had earlier this year given Fulani herdsmen in the Ibarapa area, Oyo State seven days to leave the area, blaming them and their leaders for killings and kidnappings there. 

Last week, there was a failed attempt to arrest Igboho along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, while on his way to Lagos to attend a meeting. 

For instance, on Facebook, Okwuchukwu Nwaobi said, “Is it because the husband has denied his wife? He has finally been sold in the market. Other tribes have started using AK47, presidency now bans AK47 as if they're the ones manufacturing it. For decades people were complaining of Fulani herdsmen terrorising farmers, presidency kept deaf ears. My advice to everybody is, if you can afford one, buy, days are evil.”

“You are so predictable,” said Arthur Ceecee Nwachukwu. “Guns are no longer only in Fulani people’s hands, now you want innocent Nigerians defending themselves to be shot, God will judge those people making decisions on your behalf.”

“Giving order after the damage had been done. The government is culpable in the whole mess and that is why they allowed it to fester too much,” Taiwo Lukman reacted.

Olalekan Fanda said, “See order o, simply because Igboho said everybody in the South should go and get guns too. There's no how this country called Nigeria can survive; it's too late.”

SulaimanLawal said, “Your words mean nothing as your words do not command respect again. Watch how security personnel will still protect the herdsmen.”

“The problem is that we don't follow rule of law,” Samuel D. Wodi commented. “From the criminal to the President is the same. It is not the function of the President to give such an order. There must be a law in Nigeria against the illegal possession of guns. Let the law enforcement agents and the court do their work properly. A president cannot just give the order to kill anybody with a gun. That is madness. It shouldn't be like that. We have to wise up and be civilised. The situation is out of hand because the police and courts don't do their work properly. It is also time to let each state have its own Police. Probably they will function better when they are under the watch of state governments.”

“Why can't he come out and address the nation, if the directives come directly from him and broadcast on all the national radio and TV channels?” Vic Clara Adeniyi questioned. “Then people like our honourable Cleric Gumi will not come on social media and accuse the Southerners of shooting the bandits or Boko Haram or Fulani herdsmen.”

Bernard Anetor said, “Nonsense! A dead man can't respond talkless giving order to the living. Wake up people and stop being fooled into thinking there is a President in the Aso Rock.”

However, some Nigerians lauded the President’s directive, describing it as a good one capable of curbing insecurity in the country. 

Shamsuddeen Abdulmajid Daura said, “The last time President Muhammadu Buhari gave a similar matching order was during the 2019 elections against ballot box snatchers. And, immediately after that order, most would-be snatchers were nowhere to be found. Hopefully, this recent order will eventually yield a lasting solution to this criminality bedevilling the northern part of the country.”

 “This is a very welcome directive that should be extended to all parts of the country. No one is allowed by law whatsoever to bear arms. However, security agents must ensure that only culprits are targeted. Very welcome directive once again,” Nwabundu Jude Osondu said.

“I don't know your problems with this order,” Kabir MK Yola told Buhari’s critics. “You said Fulani are using AK47s to kill people and that the President folds his hands and does nothing. Now, he gave a direct order to shoot anyone with AK47 on sight, you are saying 'no'. Your hypocrisy will take you to the afterlife.”

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Imo Majority Leader, Ogbuagu Impeached

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The majority leader of the Imo State House of Assembly, Mr. Uche Ogbuagu has been impeached.

Ogbuagu, who is representing Ikeduru State Constituency, was impeached on Thursday morning.

The lawmaker, who was elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), later defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The members of the House who impeached him argued that his defection, which came shortly after Emeka Ihedioha was removed as governor in January 2020 by the Supreme Court, was to enable him (Ogbuagu) emerge as a principal officer of the house.

Ogbuagu's impeachment was announced by the Speaker, Paul Emezim, who presided over the plenary on Thursday.

A source in the state House of Assembly said, "The majority leader has been impeached. He was impeached as a result of his defection to the APC." 

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Boko Haram Commander Who Led Attack On Borno UN Facility Spoke French, Had Translator —Source

13 hours 42 min ago

Many aid workers are missing after the terror group, Boko Haram attacked the Dikwa Local Government Area of Borno State.

Dikwa town is about 90km from Maiduguri, Borno State capital, and has experienced several attacks from the insurgents since the liberation of the town in 2016.

The town hosts the military Super Camp 9 where the new Chief of Army Staff, Ibrahim Attahiru visited last week.

The insurgents during the attack burnt the offices of the aid workers, destroyed government facilities, and hospitals belonging to non-governmental organisations in the community. See Also PHOTONEWS: Damage Caused By Boko Haram Attack On United Nations Humanitarian Hub, Others In Borno 10 Hours Ago

The insurgents had on Monday engaged security operatives in a gun battle before taking control of the ancient town, while most of the villagers ran away for safety; some were held by the group.

They were also said to have breached the security of the UN hub in the community and then laid siege to the facility, causing humanitarian workers and guests to retreat to hide.

The gunmen who came with heavy machine guns and trucks, also took possession of the military formation, including high-profile fighting equipment and vehicles.

The insurgents however pulled out of the town on Tuesday after having it under its control for hours and killing five soldiers.

Military sources on Thursday told SaharaReporters that the gunmen went away with many aid workers after destroying the UN humanitarian hub which caters to over 100,000 persons, mostly internally displaced persons (IDPs).

“The terror group gave small children money to show them where aid workers are living, they invaded the places and assembled them all. Their commandant who led the attack was speaking in French with a translator who spoke Kanuri. See Also Insurgency Jihadists Attack UN Base In Borno 0 Comments 2 Days Ago

“We don’t know the actual number of those taken away,” one of the sources said.

Reacting, the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Nigeria, UN-OCHA, condemned the attack.

UN- OCHA Coordinator, Edward Kallon in a statement said he was enraged by the attack and was concerned about the safety of civilians and aid workers in the town.

He called for adequate and maximum security of civilians and aid workers in the region.

“I am gravely preoccupied by reports on an ongoing violent attack by non-state armed groups in Dikwa, Borno State, during which several aid facilities were directly targeted. The attack started last night and, as information is still coming through, I am outraged to hear the premises of several aid agencies and a hospital were reportedly set ablaze and sustained damage,” he said.

“I strongly condemn the attack and deeply concerned about the safety and security of civilians in Dikwa, including internally displaced people inside and outside camps and thousands of people who had returned to the community to rebuild their lives after years in displacement.

“The violent attack will affect the support provided to nearly 100,000 people who are desperately in need of humanitarian assistance and protection, particularly as the COVID-19 pandemic risks spreading in Borno State.

“Civilians and aid workers, their facilities and assets should never be a target. They must be protected and respected at all times. I call on all armed parties to immediately stop the violence and respect international humanitarian law and human rights law and ensure the protection of civilians, humanitarian and personnel.”

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NLC Plans Nationwide Protest Over Removal Of Minimum Wage From Exclusive List

13 hours 55 min ago

The Nigeria Labour Congress has planned to embark on a nationwide protest as from March 10 in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, and across the 36 states to protest a move by the National Assembly to remove the minimum wage from the Exclusive List to the Concurrent List.

The NLC in its communiqué, obtained by SaharaReporters, said its National Administrative Council could proceed on a national strike, should the legislators fail to rescind their decision.

The NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, and acting General Secretary, Ismail Bello, signed the communiqué in reaction to a move by the House of Representatives to alter the current wage structure which gives the Nigerian government the power to negotiate the minimum wage for workers across the country.

The congress warned that the legislature that workers would not allow their rights to be trampled upon by those it called opportunistic and narrow-thinking politicians.

The House of Representatives had, last weekend, debated a Bill to remove the powers to negotiate wage matters from the Exclusive to the Concurrent list.

It had cited the inability of some governors to pay the current N30,000 minimum wage for the move. The Bill, which was sponsored by Garba Mohammed, has passed second reading in the House.

But in a communiqué released after the NLC emergency National Executive Council meeting in Abuja, the NLC President Ayuba Wabba said the congress would resist any attempt to destroy Nigeria’s working class.

Wabba said, “The NEC decided that there will be a national protest, commencing from March 10, 2021 in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and especially to the National Assembly. The protest is to make a strong statement that Nigerian workers would not lie low and watch hard-fought rights, which are of global standards, bastardised by opportunistic and narrow-thinking politicians.

“The NEC resolved that the national protest will be concurrently held in all the 36 states of the federation and to the different states’ Houses of Assembly across Nigeria.

“The NEC decided that should the need arise, it has empowered the National Administrative Council of the NLC to declare and enforce a national strike, especially if the legislators continue on the ruinous path of moving the national minimum wage from the Exclusive Legislative List to the Concurrent Legislative List.”

The NLC also condemned the hoarding of petroleum products by some filling stations.

It threatened to picket such filling stations for inflicting pains on Nigerians.

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Bayelsa: Governor Diri, Ex-governor Dickson's Aides Clash Over N3billion CBN Agric Loan

14 hours 7 sec ago

Aides to Governor Douye Diri and his predecessor, former Governor Seriake Dickson on Wednesday traded words over the alleged mismanagement and diversion of N3 billion Agricultural loan extended to the state by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Mr. John Idumange, a former aide to ex-Governor Seriake Dickson on Social Media and General Manager, Bayelsa Broadcasting Corporation, has accused the present administration of alleged diversion of N3 billion Agricultural loan extended to the state by the CBN.

However, the state Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr. David Alagoa, dismissed the allegation, saying the loan is being directly supervised and disbursed by the CBN through a commercial bank in a partnership arrangement and not by the Bayelsa State Government.
Alagoa confirmed that all the benefitting farmers have been allocated pieces of land and given the sum of N50, 000.00 to prepare their land for cultivation. 

He said, “Some of the farmers, including fish farmers have received inputs through the system for their ponds. Seven thousand bags of fertilisers, cassava stems, and other inputs are in various communities from the second tranche of the loan.
“This loan disbursement is through the banks to individual accounts of the farmers. CBN took this approach probably because of previous experience across the country. The disbursement here in Bayelsa is so transparent. Idumange does not have any information about the loan. He should have asked questions. He can simply go to the Yenagoa branch of the CBN if he needs information and not to spread fake news."
Following his allegation on Tuesday, Idumange has come under heavy criticism from supporters and loyalists of Governor Diri. 

He had alleged that “sometime in 2019, the immediate past administration applied to the Central Bank of Nigeria for an N3 billion Agricultural loan. The Governor Douye Diri administration received the loan. The first tranche of N1.5 billion was paid in March 2020 to the Prosperity administration. The money was squandered".
“The last tranche of the loan N1. 5 billion has been paid in February 2021 via Access Bank Plc. A paltry sum of money is what the administration is using to clear some hectares of land. I am sure the Commissioner of Agriculture was not aware. Plans have been concluded by the government to give fifty thousand naira (N50, 000) to selected farmers in Bayelsa State. It is too early for the Prosperity administration to defraud Bayelsans and then shift the blame to the immediate past administration,” he had added. 

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EXCLUSIVE: Unemployment: Buhari Has Placed Embargo On Civil Service Recruitment Since May 2020, Cites COVID-19

14 hours 14 min ago

President Muhammadu Buhari has suspended recruitment into the federal civil service since May 2020, citing the COVID-19 pandemic, thereby stagnating the opportunities available for the already teeming unemployed population.

SaharaReporters learnt that the President, by a memo through the Office of the Head of the Service of the Federation, approved the suspension of the recruitment.

The Federal Civil Service Commission, the body responsible for the recruitment, promotion and other issues relating to the civil service, also confirmed the development saying the OHSF in a letter dated May 15 gave the directive and the embargo had not yet been lifted.

The FCSC in a memo obtained by SaharaReporters stated that the agency did not recruit and would not recruit until a waiver was granted, while warning Nigerians about fake appointment letters.

The memo was signed by Babaoye Eniola, Director of Press and Public Relations Unit, saying “Section 153(1) of the 1999 Constitution, of the Federal Republic of Nigeria vests the commission with the power to appoint persons into offices, to promote such officers in line with the laid down procedures as well as to dismiss and exercise disciplinary control over persons holding such offices.”

The FCSC memo said, “On the issue of fake letters of appointment, the commission has spread out her tentacles to combat it maximally. Some of the steps taken include: the display of flex-banners in every nook and cranny of the commission's complex.

“On recruitment, the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation forwarded a letter, dated May 15, 2020, of the general suspension of recruitments into the Public Service by Mr. President as a result of the effects of COVID-19 on the Federal Government’s revenue projections.

“Thus, the FCSC did not and will not recruit until waiver is granted by the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation.”  

In November 2020, the Nigerian economy slipped into its second recession in five years as the gross domestic product contracted, going by a report from the National Bureau of Statistics.

The NBS had announced that the country’s GDP recorded a negative growth of 3.62 per cent in the third quarter of 2020.

It is Nigeria’s second recession since 2016, and the worst economic decline in almost four decades.

The World Bank also forecast the Nigerian economy would contract by 3.2 per cent in 2020, assuming the spread of COVID-19 was contained by the third quarter.

But the country is still grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the National Bureau of Statistics' (NBS) Labour Force Survey, Nigeria's unemployment rate was 27. 1 percent in the second quarter (Q2) of  2020, indicating about 21,764,614 (21.7 million) Nigerians unemployed.

The 27 percent is four percent higher than the 23 percent reported in the third quarter (Q3) of 2018. 

Nigeria’s unemployment and underemployment rate (28.6%) is a combined 55.7%. This means the total number of Nigerians who are unemployed or underemployed as at 2020 Q2.

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Nigeria Is On Life Support With Buhari As Leader, We Demand His 'Sacking' — Students, Workers Plan Nationwide Protest

14 hours 23 min ago

The National Association of Nigerian Students and the All Workers' Convergence have announced plans to embark on a nationwide protest against the insecurity situation in the country and the poverty rate.

In a statement jointly signed by Andrew Emelieze, National Coordinator for All Workers' Convergence, and Kowe Odunayo Amos, NANS Zone D Coordinator, the groups called on all students in institutions across the country to prepare to participate in the protest.

The group stated that Nigerians must unite and demand the sacking of President Muhammadu Buhari and his Service Chiefs by passing a vote of no confidence in them.

They condemned how the Buhari-led government has handled the issues of insecurity ravaging the entire country.

The statement read, “Nigeria has continually shown us that we are in a sick nation, that, our beloved country is placed on a life support machine, and, that, if urgent action is not taken; the Nigerian state may collapse into irreversible crisis, such that may result into an unprecedented humanitarian crisis of a global dimension. On a daily basis, citizens are been sacrificed as human lives no longer matter in Nigeria.

“The people are being butchered on a daily basis and, most, unfortunately, our government has continued to prove to us that they are absent or, rather, that they are overwhelmed with the crisis confronting the Nigeria of today despite the fact that they swore an oath to protect the lives and properties of the citizens.

“Today, if we are to go by the definition of a failed state which is one in which the government is no more in control, then, it is not out of place to conclude that ours is a failed State. Under a government whose primary responsibility is to protect the lives and properties of the citizens, kidnappings are going on on a large scale and, our best and brightest people are being killed on a daily basis with the government making no effort to guarantee the safety of the citizens, to the extent that the Defence Minister had to admit that the government can no longer secure the people, and, that, the people should secure themselves. Indeed, we are in a rudderless ship in the middle of a seastorm.

“Under this same government, schoolchildren were kidnapped at Dapchi in February 2018. As if that was not enough, we had the Kankara's schoolchildren mass abduction in December 2020, and, then, the Kagara's abduction in February 2021 and, to the latest Jangebe abduction in same February. What this connotes is that Nigeria is without leadership which is why the Nigerian people must unite and demand the sacking of the President and his Service Chiefs by passing a vote of no confidence in them.

“One would have expected the Buhari government to intensify efforts to get a grip on security and, to also restore trust in key governmental institutions, but, the President will continue to prove to the larger populace that he is incapable. This is enough for the representatives of the people to push for the impeachment of the President so far he has proven to be incapable of handling the multidimensional crisis we are facing as a people.

“Security is not the only area where the State has failed. Nigeria has more poor people (defined as those living on less than $1.90 a day) than any other country, including India. Today, one of every five children in the world who are out of school lives in Nigeria, many of them are girls. In all aspects of society, our country has done badly. Today, our national currency is daily being devalued by our rulers, and, most Nigerians have lost hope and are only waiting for the worst to come. The question has always been; how long can we continue to live in the face of uncertainty? How many more generations shall we waste before we get it right?

“It is becoming more and more obvious that we cannot continue to tolerate the ordeals being faced by our people. We the Nigerian workers and students, therefore, reject the daily worsening living condition of the Nigerian people. We reject the daily massacre of Nigerians and the general insecurity in the land. We reject, in the strongest terms, the hardship being faced by the Nigerian people.

“We are saying enough is enough, and, we will no longer sit back and allow the mindless killings of Nigerians anywhere and in any manner whatsoever to be sustained. We shall not sit back again and allow the daily kidnappings, terrorism, and wanton killings nationwide without showing displeasure, not just through writings but through protest which is also a form of expression.

“It is based on the foregoing, we, the Nigerian workers and students call on all Nigerians to prepare for a day of a national protest against insecurity and massive poverty in the land which we shall communicate to the general public sooner than later. We call especially on students to mobilise like never before and participate in this clarion call to duty. We owe it a duty to rescue Nigeria from further sinking into the abyss.”

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We're Not Ready For Exams, Stop Asking Us To Pay N10, 000 For Tax Clearance Certificates — Protesting Ogun MAPOLY Students

14 hours 29 min ago

Some students of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Ogun State, have protested against the semester examination organised by the institution, stating that they are not ready to take the exams.

A video obtained by SaharaReporters captured the students holding placards with different boldly written captions including ‘We are not ready' and ‘Give us time!'.

Speaking with SaharaReporters on Thursday, a student of the institution, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the protesting students are those in National Diploma 2 level who have not obtained their examination pass as they have yet to pass up their school fees.

According to him, the students have mastered the institution's system of postponing examinations and it came as a shock to them that they were asked to take examinations, especially as they were not yet prepared.

He said, “ND2 students protested, it's about the examination, the examination was supposed to start yesterday and in MAPOLY, they are fond of postponing examinations, so the students thought it will be postponed.

“Some people have not yet paid their school fees and it is delaying their registration because in our school, before you take an examination, you have to do some registration, after which you'll be given an examination pass. Most people have yet to get their examination pass and they won't be allowed to take the examination without the examination pass.

“Yesterday, they thought maybe when they got to school, there would be another postponement, suddenly, the examination just started and instead of having 50, 100 students taking the examination, only 7 showed up in some cases while some did not even come for the examination at all. That was why the students started the protest. Though I think it's only one or two departments that protested, the issue affects all ND2 students across all departments.”

He also alleged that the state government had instructed students at some levels across all the institutions in Ogun state to have tax clearance certificates, without which their registrations would not be completed.

He said students have been forced to pay N10, 000 or more as tax, especially for those whose parents are not residents in the state.

“The state government has mandated us to pay for tax clearance, apart from the other fees they charge us: school fees, departmental fees, etc. Though they said it is our parents and you know most of us just came here to school, we don't live here. For some of us, our parents are in Lagos, Oyo, they have tax clearance certificates but these people have refused to accept them. They said it has to be the one paid to Ogun state, they are telling us to go to the local government to pay a sum of N10, 000, then we will use it to complete our registration. That's for ND1 and HND 1 students, we must pay to get tax clearance. 

"I have paid money but I want it to stop because I know it is very wrong and our examination starts tomorrow. I know some people have not been able to pay up. That's what I want the world to know, that the Ogun State government is charging students for tax clearance. It's not only MAPOLY, all the schools in Ogun State are affected – Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta; Tai Solarin University of Education; Olabisi Onabanjo University. I learnt the students in those other schools are paying the same.

“If they were accepting tax clearance for other states, it would have been better. After all, we are in the same country. I would have used my father or mother's own but they want only Ogun State tax clearance. Those whose parents are working in Ogun and have the clearance form can actually use that, instead of submitting another.”

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Bandits Abduct 70 Nursing Mothers, Children, Others In Fresh Attack On Zamfara Community

15 hours 3 min ago

Gunmen suspected to be bandits have invaded Ruwan Tofa village in the Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State, abducting over 70 people, including nursing mothers and children. 

SaharaReporters gathered that the armed men riding motorcycles, attacked the village on Wednesday shooting sporadically.

According to a source, the bandits kidnapped at least 70 persons and carted away valuables, including foodstuffs and animals.

Houses and vehicles belonging to villagers were also destroyed and burnt. 

“The attack lasted for several hours, the gunmen took at least 70 persons into the forest,” the source said.

The incident occurred few days after gunmen killed 40 persons and abducted over many others at Sabuwar Tunga, a neighbouring village in Maru LGA.

Deadly attacks have raged across Zamfara state where bandits have thrived.

Farming and herding communities in the state have long been terrorised by gangs who raid villages, stealing cattle and kidnap residents for ransom.

On Friday, 279 students of Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe in the Talata Mafara Local Government area of the state were abducted.

The gunmen were said to have arrived the school around 1am and loaded the girls in buses.

The students were released after negotiations between the government and the kidnappers.

In 2019, the state government entered a peace agreement with the gunmen.

About 15 brand new Hilux vehicles and cash gifts were also given to leaders of different 'repentant' gangs of bandits by the governor in 2020.

But despite all these, communities in the state are still being attacked and residents kidnapped and/or killed.

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Herdsmen Attacks: Ogun Residents Now Sleep In Benin Republic For Protection, Says Red Cross

15 hours 5 min ago

The Nigerian Red Cross Society has confirmed that thousands of residents of Yewa and Imeko-Afon communities in Ogun State who fled from the incessant herdsmen’s attacks now sleep in Benin Republic for protection.

The Red Cross said it was working with the Nigerian government to resettle the displaced Ogun State residents who had fled to avoid being killed by herdsmen.

The Ogun State Branch Secretary of the Red Cross, Oluwole Aboyade, said this on Wednesday, while speaking with Daily Post, adding that he and his team visited the troubled areas – Igbooro, Asa, Moro, Ibeku and Agbon-Ojodu.

He stated that many residents had deserted their homes to seek refuge in Benin.

He said, “What I saw there alongside my team, I will term it a very serious disaster. The people have deserted their homes and they now sleep in Benin Republic. You can imagine people leaving Nigeria to seek protection in another country. The situation is more than pathetic.”

Meanwhile, the Red Cross said it would seek assistance from Nigerians to help in bringing succour to the residents of the affected Yewa communities.

SaharaReporters had on Monday reported that some of the residents had moved to Pobe, a Benin Republic town, and were looking for houses to settle in until the unrest in their towns was over.  

It had been gathered that despite assurances by the Ogun State Government, the security agencies such as the police and the army personnel in Yewa, Ipokia and Imeko Afon were allegedly bias towards Fulani herdsmen. 

Residents had lamented that their lives were not safe.

“The people of Yewaland are trooping into Pobe, Benin Republic. They can no longer trust our security operatives. They have to flee for their lives to that town to breathe fresh air. They started fleeing since last week – women, children, men with sacks of clothes and no means of livelihood.

“The Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, has been sleeping. If he has not, he should have known that Yewaland is being deserted. We are being frustrated by the herdsmen’s attacks,” a resident, Mr Wasiu, had told SaharaReporters.

Like in Oyo and Ondo states, Ogun State has been at the receiving end of violent herdsmen’s attacks in recent weeks, leading to crisis in the communities and ethnic clashes between the indigenes and the herders.

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Lecturers, Students, Accuse Federal College Of Education Provost Of Nepotism, Highhandedness, Intimidation

15 hours 29 min ago

Dr. Mrs. Anene-Okeakwa, the Provost of the Federal College of Education (Technical) Asaba, Delta State.

Lecturers and students of Federal College of Education (Technical), Asaba, Delta State, have accused the institution's Provost, Josephine Anene-Okakwa of nepotism, corruption, highhandedness as well as using the Department of State Services (DSS) to intimidate staff members she sees as enemies, among other allegations.

Speaking with SaharaReporters, a lecturer who spoke on condition of anonymity, for fear of victimisation by the Provost, said the institution was being run like a private estate. 

Dr. Mrs. Anene-Okeakwa, the Provost of the Federal College of Education (Technical) Asaba, Delta State.

According to the source, workers live in perpetual fear because they are allegedly treated like slaves by the Provost.

"The institution has not had it so bad like this since its establishment. Since the appointment of Josephine Anene-Okakwa as Provost, corruption, fraudulent practices, intimidation, nepotism, ethnic hatred, oppression, highhandedness, victimisation, and indiscriminate queries have become a daily affair in the institution. The Urhobos, Isokos, Ijaws of Delta state, and other ethnic groups suffer the most in her hands.

"The Provost is from Delta North and I am also from her senatorial district but the way and manner she runs the school and treats people, especially from other ethnic groups, is appalling. Her level of corruption is unbeatable. If lecturers from Delta North err, they are verbally warned and forgiven. But if lecturers from other ethnic groups err, panels will be set up and queries, suspensions, and undemocratic punishments will be meted out."

Speaking in the same vein, an employee of the institution who said he had suffered in the hands of the Provost in the past, chided her, saying gradually, the Provost had succeeded in pocketing the college through connivance and by giving gratifications to some persons in the college and higher authorities.

"I was a victim sometime in the past. Even one of our staff members, Ameh Joseph, suffered the same too. He got a series of threats and was even sacked after revealing corrupt activities and looting going on in the Federal College of Education (Technical), Asaba. Joseph was the head of the physical planning division of the college. He was fired last May by the super Provost, Anene-Okakwa, following his petition to the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC. See Also Corruption Massive Corruption Ongoing At Asaba College Of Education, Whistleblower Insists After Sack From Institution 0 Comments 6 Months Ago

"Even now, another senior lecturer is passing through almost the same fate in the hands of the Provost. Mrs. Beatrice Orife, the former Head of Department, General Studies, in the past 28 years, has served the college meritorious and the Provost wants to dent the lecturer's good records of service to her fatherland just because she is an Isoko woman and against her draconian policies and corrupt leadership.

"Orife has been a member of the college's TETFUND committee, a member of the college sports commission, member of the staff union and member of the NCCE accreditation committee among others. In June 2019, she applied for PhD sponsorship through TETFUND to go to the USA to study Afro-America literature and to date, the application form is missing between the Provost and TETFUND desk officer in the college who is from Igbodo. 

"The conspiracy to permanently subdue her through every given opportunity was made manifest when the management started suggesting that she should go to the UK to study Afro-America literature. This is also a way of frustrating her from getting PhD and never have the opportunity to progress in her academic career. This is to further subjugate her in the system.

"The Provost has outwardly and on several occasions expressed hatred and prejudice against people of different ethnic extractions, especially the Isokos, and never wanted them to be in any position of authority in the college. Mrs. Orife has risen to the position of a principal lecturer and would be chief lecturer any moment which is a position of a potential dean and provost, but the Provost in her character would never want to see Mrs. Orife, an Isoko woman in that position.

"Mrs. Orife, has received series of punishments on frivolous offences from the Provost, she was removed from the position of HOD and will not hold any position of responsibility for the period of four years and as we speak her three months salaries is been confiscated by the Provost." See Also Corruption Whistleblower Fired, Threatened After Exposing Corruption At College Of Education In Delta State 0 Comments 6 Months Ago

Also speaking to our correspondent, a Head of Department (HOD), who spoke on condition of anonymity, called what's going on in the institution a 'reign of cabals', where some staff members are above the law and more important than others.

The source said, "Mrs. Osita Lokoyi, who is the director of education technology and the dean of education, Mrs. Diabuah Juliana, both chief lecturers in the department of general studies, conspired and committed gross academic misconduct of secretly moderating an examination question and this issue was presented to the academic board and no panel was set up. They were only given a private verbal warning.

"Another academic staff, a chief lecturer, Uche Wemebu, and one-time college desk officer of TETFUND committee embezzled eight hundred and fifty thousand naira TETFUND money. The panel set up recommended dismissal but the Provost converted it to a warning. Today the lecturer is the dean of sciences. The acting HOD of general studies, Johnson Chukwuma, was caught mutilating general studies mathematics, a course he does not teach and no disciplinary action was taken against him. 

"These academic staff members are from Anioma, the same ethnic group as the provost. The provost's son, Emeka Anene, a clerical staff member in the automobile department has not been coming to work since the mother assumed office as the provost and has been receiving salaries."

A cross-section of students who for security reasons, according to them, spoke on condition of anonymity, also accused the Provost of incompetence, nepotism, and highhandedness.

A final student who simply identified herself as Nkem described what is happening in the institution as a 'mere 'boardroom politics'. 

She described Mrs. Orife as one of the best English lecturer ever produced by the institution, adding that the Provost was playing ethnic politics and show of wickedness. 

"Our Provost is only being jealous and intimidated by Orife's rising academic profile.

"Anene Okakwa is synonymous with corruption, nepotism, intimidation, and ethnicity hatred. Just two weeks ago, the Provost hired the services of the DSS officers and began to intimidate Mrs. Orife. She was invited to DSS headquarters Asaba, last Monday by 11:00 am and was released by 6:00 pm, Wednesday," the source said. 

It was also alleged that the provost tried to intimidate and issue threats to the lecturer to drop all petitions against her or be ready to be dealt with by the DSS.

"The Provost has committed a lot of atrocities in the institution. She's the only chief executive who generates IGR from the academic staff. She collects N20, 000 each from academic staff to be trained for a period of three months in computer literacy for the purpose of promotion and using the college facility, the ICT centre. The Provost is good at taking academic staff members for a ride and bringing them down to enhance her position in the office.

"Since her assumption in office, no any Itshekiri, Isoko, Urhobo, and the Ijaw nation has been allowed to hold any position of responsibility and she has not demonstrated any administrative competency and quality to lead the college. Do you know that the Provost's accommodation is consolidated in her salary but still, she armed-twisted the institution to be paying for her accommodation in Asaba?" Another source said. 

When contacted on the allegations, the Provost, Federal College of Education (Technical), Asaba, Delta State, Josephine Anene-Okakwa, denied all the allegations levelled against her, saying apart from few individuals who are fighting her and bent on tarnishing her image, she is loved by all.

"I am a disciplinarian, and of course when I see things going wrong in my school, I must act to correct them. I have resolved so many cases between staff members and prevented some from going to court and they are happy. Just one or two individuals who want to be Provost at all costs are those causing problems in the school. One threatened and confronted me and you know how the country is security-wise so I had to take the matter to the DSS," she said. 

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Come And Join ESN, Nnamdi Kanu Tells 101 Soldiers Who Fled From Boko Haram

15 hours 36 min ago

IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu

The leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra and founder of the Eastern Security Network, Nnamdi Kanu, has advised the 101 soldiers accused by the Nigerian Army of fleeing the Boko Haram attacks in New Marte and Dikwa towns in Borno State to join the ESN.

Kanu added that soldiers were leaving the military and the army had ordered for their arrest, noting that the ESN's doors were open to such soldiers.

IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu

The IPOB leader stated these in a live broadcast on Wednesday, saying the gunmen who were burning police stations were “avenging for us.”

Kanu said, “Sometimes I wonder, how can you come from the East, West and Middle Belt, and you are in the army? And they used you to go and fight the bandits so that you can be killed.

“Today, soldiers are leaving and they have ordered for their arrest for leaving the army. And I am telling all these soldiers to go and join the Eastern Security Network. Today, we have all these unknown gunmen; they have been avenging for us and if you come and kill us, they will avenge for us.”

On Wednesday, it had been reported that the Nigerian Army gave an order to declare 101 soldiers wanted, for fleeing the Haram terrorists’ attacks in New Marte and Dikwa towns near Maiduguri. See Also Military Nigerian Army Declares 101 Soldiers Wanted For Fleeing Boko Haram Attacks In Borno, Freezes Bank Accounts 0 Comments 1 Day Ago

The army through the Operation Lafiya Dole Theatre Command had also ordered that their bank accounts be frozen pending when they would report themselves to the command.

The Theatre Command Headquarters had sent a memo to the Nigerian Army Headquarters, Abuja, to freeze the listed accounts and apprehend the alleged deserters if found. 

“You are requested to declare the named officers and soldiers deserters WEF 19 Feb 21,” the document said. You are also please requested to cause the Headquarters, NAFC, to freeze their accounts and apprehend or bring them under military escort to this headquarters if seen within your Area of Responsibility,” the military memo had said.

The soldiers of 153 Task Force Battalion were ambushed in Marte Local Government Council, late last month, as the troops were overwhelmed and could not match the ammunition carried by the terrorists. 

After Marte was captured by Boko Haram, the Chief of Army Staff, Maj Gen Ibrahim Attahiru, had given troops of Operation Lafiya Dole 48 hours to clear insurgents off Marte LGA and surrounding communities under the insurgents’ control.

The villages under the terrorists control were the Kirenowa, Kirta, Wulgo and Ngala Local Government Areas of the state.

The soldiers went through Marte, successfully killing the ISWAP and Boko Haram terrorists who captured that area for some days. 

Also, Dikwa was attacked by the insurgents earlier this week and abducted no fewer than seven humanitarian workers from the town.

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Zamfara Govt Imposes Curfew On Jangebe Community, Closes Markets

16 hours 7 min ago

Zamfara Governor, Matawalle.

Following the violence that erupted shortly after the delivery of the freed Jangebe schoolgirls in Zamfara State, the state government on Thursday imposed a dusk-to-down curfew on Jangebe community.

Jangebe has been troubled following the abduction of 279 schoolgirls from the Government Girls Secondary School in Jangebe town last Friday, who were later freed.

Zamfara Governor, Matawalle.

Speaking through the state Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Sulaiman Tunau Anka, the state government said the community market had been closed till further notice.

The statement reads in part, "Sequel to an unfortunate civil disobedience which took place at Jangebe town after the return of the released schoolchildren, the Zamfara State Government has approved the imposition of a dusk-to-dawn curfew on Jangebe town starting from Wednesday, 3/3/2021. This is to prevent any further breach of peace. 

"Similarly, there is strong discovered evidence of market activities in the town that aid and abet bandits' activities in the town and neighbouring communities. Consequently, all market activities in the town are hereby suspended until further notice. 

"The state government is poised to ensure safety of lives and properties of its citizens at all cost. With this announcement, the Zamfara State Police Command is hereby enjoined to ensure total enforcement."

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Zamfara Govt Imposes Curfew On Jangebe Community, Closes Markets

16 hours 14 min ago

Zamfara State Governor Bello Matawalle

Following the violence that erupted shortly after the delivery of the freed Jangebe schoolgirls in Zamfara State, the state government on Thursday imposed a dusk-to-down curfew on Jangebe community.

Jangebe has been troubled following the abduction of 279 schoolgirls from the Government Girls Secondary School in Jangebe town last Friday, who were later freed.

Zamfara State Governor Bello Matawalle

Speaking through the state Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Sulaiman Tunau Anka, the state government said the community market had been closed till further notice.

The statement reads in part, "Sequel to an unfortunate civil disobedience which took place at Jangebe town after the return of the released schoolchildren, the Zamfara State Government has approved the imposition of a dusk-to-dawn curfew on Jangebe town starting from Wednesday, 3/3/2021. This is to prevent any further breach of peace. 

"Similarly, there is strong discovered evidence of market activities in the town that aid and abet bandits' activities in the town and neighbouring communities. Consequently, all market activities in the town are hereby suspended until further notice. 

"The state government is poised to ensure safety of lives and properties of its citizens at all cost. With this announcement, the Zamfara State Police Command is hereby enjoined to ensure total enforcement."

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