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Insecurity: 2 Killed, 30 kidnapped, 5,000 homeless in Niger East

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Reiterates his name on Buhari to place the safety operatives on their toes

*** Says if safety businesses within the nation can not assure the safety of lives and property of the residents, anarchy looms within the Nation

By Henry Umoru

CHAIRMAN, Senate Providers Committee, Senator Mohammed Sani Musa, All Progressives Congress, APC, Niger East has raised the alarm that the insecurity scenario in his Senatorial District is worsening daily, saying that it has been one week of sleeplessness and horror.

Senator Musa has reiterated his name on President Muhammadu Buhari to place the safety operatives on their toes to make sure they reside as much as their obligations of defending the lives of the residents, including that if safety businesses within the nation can not assure the safety of lives and property of the residents, then Nigeria could also be on the precipice of anarchy.

In accordance with him, the horrible occasion within the final one week in Niger State and significantly in Niger East Senatorial District has raised rigidity and uncertainties in his thoughts and the minds of the folks greater than ever earlier than.

In an announcement made accessible to Vanguard yesterday, Senator Musa mentioned that on this one week, at the least two have been Killed, thirty kidnapped and 5 thousand individuals, rendered homeless within the State.

The assertion learn, “In a single week, armed males of their a whole lot have unleashed mayhem and terror on harmless residents of their peaceable villages, forcing them to evacuate their houses into homelessness.

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“No less than two individuals have been killed and over 30 individuals have been kidnapped for the reason that newest assaults.

“Additionally, not lower than 5 thousand individuals have develop into refugees from over 15 communities in Niger East, as gunmen proceed to rain terror on harmless residents unabated.

“On Thursday, 10th December, armed males numbering over fifty have been reported to have stormed, at separate instances, Garin Gabbas and Yakila communities in Rafi native authorities, the place they kidnapped the District Head of Gunna, Ibrahim Abdulhameed, a youth chief of the All Progressives Congress and two different individuals.

“On the identical day, Chukuba and Kuchi communities in Shiroro native authorities space have been attacked by bandits, through which a Christian cleric and a person regarded as a vigilante safety personnel have been killed, whereas at the least eight individuals have been kidnapped.

“On Friday 11th December, gunmen additionally attacked villages between Zungeru and Tegina in Rafi LG the place they kidnapped unnumbered individuals, capturing sporadically into the air for about an hour.

“Additionally on Sunday, Ogu and Rafin Doko in Rafi LG got here below severe assaults by gunmen, who kidnapped at the least 19 individuals from the 2 communities.

“In actual fact, the final week could possibly be described as hell on earth for the folks of Niger East who can not sleep each within the day and night time for worry of the unknown. They’ve been rendered helpless whilst they proceed to starve as a result of destruction of their property and incapacity to have interaction in what they know the best way to do greatest – farming.

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“My coronary heart, due to this fact, goes out to the victims of the quite a few assaults and by extension the complete folks of Niger East. Might Allah consolation those that have misplaced their family members, and grant the souls of the departed Aljana Firdaus.

“In the meantime, I additionally wish to reiterate my stance on the safety scenario in our pricey Niger State, and certainly the north as an entire, {that a} lasting resolution have to be proffered, and those that are tasked with the accountability of defending the lives of the folks should rise to the event. With the mass abduction of youngsters in Authorities Science Secondary Faculty Kankara in Katsina State and the quite a few assaults, kidnappings, and massacres suffered by the folks of Niger East and elsewhere, there is no such thing as a doubt that there is no such thing as a higher time to behave than now.

“Sufficient of the bloodletting and carnage. The lives of harmless residents can not proceed to be sacrificed on the altar of blood-thirsty vampires who’re bent on destroying the peace of our land.

“I urge our in a position and succesful chief, President Muhammadu Buhari to place the safety operatives on their toes to make sure they reside as much as their obligations of defending the lives of the residents. If the safety businesses in our nation, can not assure the safety of lives and property of the residents, then Nigeria could also be on the precipice of anarchy.

“I as soon as once more lend my voice to the voices of my distinguished colleagues within the Senate and Honourable members of the Home of Representatives in addition to different significant Nigerians to name for the revamp of the safety structure within the nation. Mr. President mustn’t hesitate to make sure that is finished, and certainly now.

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“Nonetheless, I commend the gallantry efforts of males and officers of the Pressure for his or her zeal in direction of rooting out these dangerous parts which have infiltrated into our communities. I urge them to proceed to do their greatest.

“As we stay undaunted and resolute to serve our folks, let me additionally name on the residents to cooperate with safety businesses by volunteering helpful data that may improve investigation in monitoring the bandits. I enjoin them to even be cautious of strangers, and report any unusual strikes round them.”

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Enugu feminine college students nonetheless beneath confinement by AMCON, 5 days after

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By Chinedu Adonu

No fewer than 344 college students of Windfall Excessive Faculty Enugu are nonetheless beneath confinement by the Asset Administration Firm of Nigeria, AMCON, as at Monday, January 25, 2021, 5 days after they locked up the entrances to the varsity with college students and employees contained in the premises.

The administration of the Faculty, has raised alarm over the lives of about 344 feminine college students of their faculty that are presently beneath critical menace following the actions of AMCON.

Additionally they described as unlucky the try by AMCON on Monday to discredit the studies of nationwide dailies, on detaining the scholars, saying the studies that it locked up the premises of the varsity with college students inside had been “spewed mischief and half truths relating to the true points concerning the enforcement train on the faculty”.

Its Head of Company Communication, Jude Nwauzor, said that the gates of the varsity had been “nonetheless open and actions ongoing”, including that the Firm couldn’t have “locked up a faculty providing social companies”. He said that what the officers did was to position the traditional discover of possession of the property and left.

However as at 5.30pm when Vanguard visited the varsity premises, your complete entrances had been nonetheless beneath lock and key, even because the administration of the varsity decried the “steady incarceration of the scholars and their lecturers by AMCON”.

Recall that AMCON officers led by one Nick Omeye had on Thursday, January 21 at about 5.30pm in firm with over 40 armed law enforcement officials locked up entrances to the boarding faculty following a courtroom order it obtained in 2016, empowering it to take possession of the varsity services.

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The Proprietor of the Faculty, Chief Mrs. Elizabeth Onwuagha addressing newsmen on AMCON’s denial of evasion on her faculty, mentioned that the gates of her faculty had been nonetheless beneath lock and keys of AMCON.

Mrs Onwuagha, advised reporters that AMCON was being deceitful and puzzled what profit would mendacity to the general public over the forceful seizure of the varsity’s services with its college students inside could be to them.

“I can’t perceive why anyone would say that this place isn’t beneath lock and key. It’s most unlucky that individuals will say that white is black. It’s unhappy.

”Allow them to inform the world how they invaded this place. As I’m speaking to you, in the present day January 25, 2021, at 5.10 pm, the gates are nonetheless beneath lock and key by AMCON.

”There isn’t a means we will fight any emergence. Human beings are right here. From 21st Jan when these gates had been locked until in the present day, Jan 25, the gates are nonetheless locked up with college students inside the varsity premises.

“See all these telephones belonging to my employees, they destroyed them, they had been smashed. I requested you to return due to the publication we learn in the present day in a lot of the newspapers the place AMCON is denying that they didn’t lock our gates, you possibly can see the gate yourselves gents that the gate continues to be beneath lock and key of AMCON”, she mentioned.

In the meantime, the Proprietor has known as on the authorities to name AMCON to order, “This is essential, there’s rampant kidnapping and raping, they’re now telling the lecturers everyone ought to depart, they are going to maintain the youngsters, solely God is aware of what they’ve up their sleeves, they are going to maintain which kids, 344 kids you don’t know?

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Narrating his ordeal within the arms of the AMCON officers and safety personnel, one of many employees, Ezekiel confirmed that he was overwhelmed and manhandled as a result of he appealed to them to know that college students had been within the faculty and that their violent strategy might trigger a lot hurt.

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C’River: EU-ECOWAS, LITE Africa kickstart destruction of over 200 arms, 5510 weapons

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Ayade destroying among the arms at U J Esuene stadium on Monday

By Ike Uchechukwu

The European Union, Financial Neighborhood of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Management Initiative for Transformation and Empowerment (LITE Africa) on Monday started the destruction of 260 arms and 5510 weapons in Calabar.

The arms and ammunitions had been those surrendered by members of the defunct Bakassi strike pressure,BSF, a militant group and members of some cult group within the state.

Talking in Calabar on Monday ,Cross River State Governor ,Prof Ben Ayade of Cross River, stated that the destruction of the arms and weapons would additional give residents of the state the need to work carefully with the state authorities and safety businesses.

Ayade, who stated there have been over 33 unlawful routes within the state, lamented that suspected armed smugglers had been proliferating the state with arms by way of the routes.

He counseled safety businesses within the state for working tirelessly to safe the state in collaboration with the Operation Akpakwu safety outfit established by the state authorities to struggle criminality.

His phrases :”I wish to enchantment to the Federal Authorities to seize the ex Bakassi militants underneath the Federal Authorities Amnesty programme. These youths who’ve surrendered their arms deserves an empowerment and higher rehabilitation to maintain them off the creeks,” he stated.

Ayade, who carried out the symbolic destruction of the arms, urged those that had been but to give up their arms to do and embrace peace for the expansion of the state.

LITE Africa consultant ,Mr Joel Bisina who spoke on behalf of EU-ECOWAS, stated that one can’t underestimate the hazards of illicit proliferation of small arms and lightweight weapons and the destructive affect they’ve on peace and stability in varied communities.

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Bisina stated that small arms and lightweight weapons had continued to have devastating results on socio-economic state of affairs in Nigeria and the West African subregion.

“In Nigeria, the industrial transaction in small arms and lightweight weapons has been on the rise for the reason that finish of the Nigerian Civil Struggle. The pattern has continued regardless of the illegality of the commerce.

“The vast availability, stockpile and illicit stream of such weapons are inclined to escalate conflicts; undermine peace settlement, intensify violence and affect on crime, impede financial and social improvement, enhance poverty and hinder democracy and good governance.

“In a bid to advertise peace, scale back armed battle and small arms proliferation within the area, LITE Africa and the Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Gentle Weapons, with help from the EU/ECOWAS is working to strengthen the efforts at stopping additional proliferation and trafficking of illicit arms in Nigeria,” he stated.

Mr Dickson Orji, a consultant from the Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Gentle Weapons, stated that the committee was arrange in 2013 with a mandate to be the point of interest within the efforts by Nigeria to stem the tide of proliferation of illicit arms.

Orji stated that the Nigerian part of the EU-ECOWAS small arms underneath the present pilot section focuses within the seven states of Kaduna, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara, Cross River and Akwa Ibom.

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Impeachment #2: the cost towards Trump

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The second impeachment of former US president Donald Trump rests on one article, or cost, of “incitement of revolt” arising from the January 6 assault on Congress.

The cost, set by the Home of Representatives, is being submitted to the Senate on Monday.

It grows from Trump’s two-month marketing campaign to overturn Joe Biden’s victory within the November three presidential election, alleging with out proof that it was based mostly on mass fraud.

On January 6, following a rousing speech by Trump close to the White Home, hundreds of his followers marched to the US Capitol and compelled their method inside, sending lawmakers fleeing and halting the joint Home-Senate session held to certify Biden’s victory.

The impeachment cost says that, within the months earlier than, Trump “repeatedly issued false statements asserting that the presidential election outcomes had been the results of widespread fraud and shouldn’t be accepted by the American folks or licensed by state or federal officers.”

Then on January 6, it says, Trump made statements “that in context, inspired — and foreseeably resulted in — lawless motion on the Capitol.”

Trump “incited” the group to halt the certification of Biden’s victory, and to menace the vice chairman, members of Congress and legislation enforcement officers, leading to accidents and deaths, the cost says.

It additionally locations the cost within the context of Trump’s “prior efforts to subvert and impede” Biden’s victory.

It cites a risk Trump made to Georgia’s secretary of state in a January 2 phone name to “discover” sufficient votes to overturn the election end result within the state, which went for Biden.

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“In all this, President Trump gravely endangered the safety of the US and its establishments of presidency,” the cost says.

“He threatened the integrity of the democratic system, interfered with the peaceable transition of energy, and imperiled a coequal department of presidency.”

“He thereby betrayed his belief as president,” damaging the nation.

[AFP]

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