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Saturday, 16 January 2021

Bandits Abduct 18 Police Officers In Kaduna

1/16/2021 10:58:00 pm 0

 Gunmen suspected to be bandits have abducted 18 police officers around Farin-Ruwa junction along the Birnin Gwari- Funtua road in Kaduna State.

SaharaReporters gathered that the policemen were on transit from Minna in Niger State to Kano State when they were attacked on Friday.

However, Sources said about 10 of the police officers were rescued by military operatives at Maganda on Saturday.

Birnin Gwari Emirate Progressives Union (BEPU) Chairman, Barrister Salisu Haruna, confirmed the attack in a statement.

Haruna said police officers around Dogon Dawa and other nearby communities had been told of the incident.

He said, “Birnin Gwari Emirate Progressives Union (BEPU) reports that the whereabouts of 18 Police Officers attacked along Birnin Gwari Funtua road on Friday 15 January 2021 is unascertained.

“The 18 police officers, who are on surveillance along Birnin Gwari Funtua road, were attacked on Friday. As at the time of filing this report, we could not ascertain the number of casualties. Eyewitness feared that some of the police officers were killed while others are said to be missing in the bush.

“Reports confirmed that two police have called via phone to inform home that they were attacked and that they could not locate their location.

“Similarly, Birnin Gwari Emirate Progressives Union (BEPU) reports that on Thursday an unconfirmed number of bandits have ransacked Damari village in Dogon Dawa constituency of Birnin Gwari local government area. The bandits who came on several bikes were said to have carted away heavy food commodities and stole many motorcycles. They did not kill anyone. They spent three hours in Damari village without any confrontation by the security.

“Birnin Gwari Emirates Progressives Union begs the government, upon who the protection of our lives and property is reposed on, to sit up and face security issues in Birnin Gwari squarely until victory is ascertained.”

Calls put across by SaharaReporters to Mohammed Jalige, the Kaduna State Police Command spokesperson, were not picked nor returned.

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Troops Destroy Boko Haram Gun Trucks

1/16/2021 10:22:00 pm 0

Troops of Operation TURA TAKAIBANGO in conjunction with the Air Task Force Operation LAFIYA DOLE have effectively destroyed 7 Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists' gun trucks and decimated several unconfirmed number of the terrorists when they attempted to attack their location at the outskirts of Marte in Marte Local Government Area of Borno State.


A statement released by Brig. Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, the acting director-general of the Defence Media Operations, says the gallant troops, based on reliable information about the attack, had positioned themselves in an ambush site where they tactically withdrew to and awaited the arrival of the terrorists before they opened fire which led to fierce battle that resulted in the successes recorded as indicated above.

The troops are still engaged in pursuit of the fleeing terrorists for further exploitation.


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Anambra State Imposes Three Days Curfew In Some Communities

1/16/2021 08:16:00 pm 0

 The Anambra state government has imposed a three-day curfew on Aguleri and Umuleri communities in the Anambra East local government area of the state following the fight between members of the community over a parcel of land.


The agelong fight between both communities erupted this morning as cars and a house were burnt by the warring parties. 


A statement released by the spokesperson of the state police command, Mohammed Haruna, says the situation has been brought under control.


Haruna said no life was lost in the incident neither was anyone injured. He added that one building, four vehicles, and two motorcycles were set ablaze by the warring factions.


He said the state Commissioner of Police, CP John B.Abang, has directed the State CID Awka to carry out a discreet investigation in order to ascertain the circumstances surrounding the incident and bring perpetrators to book.


Meanwhile, a statement released by the state government says the curfew will last from 7pm to 7am daily, beginning today Saturday, 16th January 2021. The statement adds that the curfew in the first instance will last for three days and that violators would be prosecuted.

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Lagos Orders Civil Servants To Work From Home Till February 1

1/16/2021 04:52:00 pm 0

 Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has directed civil servants on Level 14 and below to work from home till February 1, 2021, as part of measures to contain the coronavirus disease's spread the second wave of the pandemic.

This was contained in a statement signed on Saturday by the Head of Service in the state, Hakeem Muri-Okunola.

Muri-Okunola, however, noted that the directive excludes staff on essential duty as well as first responders.

He said, "Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has approved a further extension of the work-from-home order to all State Public Servants on Grade Levels 14 and below from Monday, January 18 2021, to Monday, February 1 2021, to curtail the spread of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"He urged all public servants to stay safe and ensure continued observance of all COVID-19 protocols for physical distancing, use of face masks, regular washing of hands with soap and running water as well as the use of hand sanitisers."

Muri-Okunola also stated that the weekly duty rosters should be maintained for effective service delivery by Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the State Government.

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Nigeria Must Restructure Now To Avoid Boycott Of 2023 Elections—John Nwodo

1/16/2021 04:46:00 pm 0

 The immediate past President-General of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nwodo, says Nigeria must restructure to avoid a boycott of the 2023 elections.

Nwodo, a two-time minister, gave the warning at the 17th Gani Fawehinmi annual lecture organised by the Ikeja branch of the Nigerian Bar Association in Lagos, on Friday.

The event was also attended by the Governor of Borno State, Prof Babagana Zulum, a human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), legal practitioners and human rights activists.

He said Nigeria used to be the envy of nations, given its pedigree in education, agriculture and well-being of its people because there was a regional system of government that allowed regions to enjoy sovereignty over their national resources until the system was thwarted. 

Nwodo added that the restructuring process must be concluded before the 2023 elections to avoid a boycott by some sections of the country.

He said, “There was only one reason why things worked so well then. We had a regional government system that allowed regions to enjoy sovereignty over their national resources whilst paying royalties and taxes to the federal government. Our domestic security was independent and uncontrolled by the federal government.

“Suddenly, the army came to power and abolished our constitution, turned us into a unitary state and imposed a unitary constitution on us. They seized our natural resources and donated them to the federal government to share without adequate respect for derivation.

“Nigeria must restructure and give it's component units sovereignty over its natural resources provided they pay a royalty or some form of taxes to the federal government to maintain federal responsibilities like external defence, foreign missions, customs and immigration.

“Emphasis must return to agriculture and education. Domestic security must remain in the federating units' hands because living safely in Nigeria today is by luck. The secularity of the Nigerian state must be respected. These irreducible minimum conditions are not negotiable. If it does not happen, we will have no alternative but to go our separate ways.

“Processes to begin our restructuring as a nation must be concluded before the 2023 elections to avert a situation where sections of the country may boycott the elections and present the country with a constitutional force majeure.”

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Jihadists Seize Military Base In Borno

1/16/2021 04:37:00 pm 0

 Jihadists aligned with the Islamic State militant group have captured a military base in Borno state after overnight clashes with troops.

According to AFP, machine-gun wielding fighters from Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) attacked the base in the town of Marte in the Lake Chad area overnight Friday into Saturday.

“The priority now is to reclaim the base from the terrorists and an operation is underway,” the news agency quoted a source as saying.

“We took a hit from ISWAP terrorists. They raided the base in Marte after a fierce battle.”

He said the army “incurred losses” but it was not clear how many people had died or the level of destruction inflicted by the insurgents.

Last week, the jihadists attacked the Marte base but were repelled, prompting them to mobilise more fighters for the overnight raid.

In November last year, Nigerian government officials began the phased return of residents to Marte six years after the jihadists pushed them out.

The town, 130 kilometres (80 miles) from the regional capital Maiduguri, was once considered the Lake Chad region's breadbasket.

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Uganda's Yoweri Museveni Wins Sixth Term As President

1/16/2021 04:18:00 pm 0

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, 76, has won a sixth term in office amid vote-rigging claims from his opposition challenger, Bobi Wine. 


The country's electoral commission announced on Saturday January 16, that Museveni received 58% of votes and Wine 34%, and voter turnout was 52%.


"The electoral commission declares Yoweri Museveni... elected President of the Republic of Uganda," said election commission chairman Justice Simon Mugenyi Byabakama.


Byabakama urged the population to "remain calm and accept the outcome of these elections" while reminding those celebrating to be mindful of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Wine, a 38-year-old former singer who was hoping to unseat the long-time president as he has been in power since 1986, has dismissed the Thursday election as a "complete sham".


He claimed victory Friday, asserting that he had video evidence of vote-rigging and saying “every legal option is on the table” to challenge the official election results, including peaceful protests.


Election commission chairman Justice Simon Mugenyi Byabakama said "the onus is on candidate Kyagulanyi to show how votes are rigged."


Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, later took to Twitter to raise an alarm over a military siege at his home as the country.


"They jumped over my fence. They came inside my compound. They are here right now. I don't know why they're here. But I'm imagining they are here to harm me. I feel threatened," said the 38-year-old, who described the invasion as unprecedented and "a siege".

 However, the army's deputy spokesman Deo Akiiki said the soldiers were there to provide security and had stopped three people who tried to "access the house".

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South-South And South-East Should Negotiate For Presidency - Zulum

1/16/2021 01:34:00 pm 0

 Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state has asked leaders of the south-south and south-east regions to negotiate for power ahead of 2023.


Zulum said this on Friday January 15 while speaking at the 17th Chief Gani Fawehinmi annual lecture in Lagos. 


He stated that only God gives power, while negotiation is easier when you make friends “across the divide”. The governor further averred that anyone interested in welding power must be prepared to negotiate for it.


He said; 


“To our friends and brothers in the south-south and south-east particularly, only God gives power but you have to negotiate for power. 

“Negotiation becomes easier when you make friends across the divide. If we negotiate for power, we don’t always get everything we want, but we will normally mention every clause that covers everything we need.

“I said this because I have heard many people say ‘they don’t want to give us power’ but assumptions and projections will never actualise your aspirations. We must all remember that God gives power but human beings negotiate for it.

“Every interested party must be prepared to negotiate for it."


Zulum added that other sections of the country should be given the opportunity to lead. 


He said; 


“I’m persuaded that other sections of the country should be given the opportunity to lead in 2023, why not? It is constitutional. 

“Let me state here that I have a problem with the age limit set at 40 [for presidency], because whatever is the logic behind it, it is difficult to consider it valid in contemporary times.”

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Two Die As Farmers, Herdsmen Clash In Oyo Community

1/16/2021 11:16:00 am 0

 Two farmers in Igangan, Ibarapa North Local Government area of Oyo State, on Friday, were killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen after an indigene of the area, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly called Sunday Igboho, stormed the area to warn the Seriki Fulani, Alhaji Saliu Kadri, against the mindless killings of the natives of the community. 


Saharareporters gathered that hoodlums shot two other people in Oke Itunu, Ibadan North Local Government Area of the state on Friday. 

Police Public Relations Officer, Olugbenga Fadeyi, confirmed the two incidents.


Igangan, Ayete, Tapa and other Fulani settlements in Ibarapa have recorded kidnapping cases in recent times.


A resident of Igangan told SaharaReporters that Sunday Igboho went to the settlement of the Seriki to confront him. Igboho accused the Fulani leader of being responsible for the crises in the area. 


Following this, it was learnt that some of the Seriki boys trooped out and attacked the Yoruba farmers on their way from their farms. 


The PPRO said, "Today, ( Friday) at about 6 pm, the popular Sunday Igboho from Igboho town stormed the Fulani camp at Igangan with his men in four Hilux pickup vans and attacked the people, injuring four persons. 


"He then warned them to vacate the camp in seven days or be forcefully evicted. The injured were taken to the hospital for treatment. Police patrol vehicle has been deployed in the area. An investigation has commenced into the matter."


Similarly, two people were also reportedly killed by hoodlums in Oke Itunu area of Ibadan North local government of Ibadan, the state capital.


Saharareporters gathered that the development forced some residents of Coca Cola, Leventis, Ajibade, Ajegunle, Oke- Itunu and neighbouring communities to desert their homes and shops.


Fadeyi noted that the police had stationed its men in the area to avert a crisis.


He said, "The information I have is that they set ablaze a man suspected to be a thief Thursday morning.


"Later, three men suspected to be cultists went on an attack and shot one Ojo Jacob, said to be about 58 years old, and ran away."

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Kaduna University Dismisses Lecturer For Hugging Female Student In His Office

1/16/2021 11:10:00 am 0

 The Kaduna State University, KASU, has terminated the appointment of Dr. Idowu Abbas of the Geography Department, over allegations of sexual harassment.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) of the school, Prof. Abdullahi Ashafa, announced this in a statement in Kaduna on Friday, January 15. Ashafa also announced the promotion of 12 other lecturers of the school.

According to Ashafa, the university's Senior Staff Disciplinary Committee, chaired by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration), investigated the alleged sexual harassment against the lecturer. The report of the investigating committee was presented at the 217th Management Meeting of the institution on January 12.

He said that the management dismissed Abbas from the service of the university and directed that all students under his supervision be reassigned to a decent lecturer in the department.

"According to the report, Abbas confessed in his testimony to have touched and hugged a female student he was supervising her project from behind against her will when she went to his office to discuss her project.

His testimonies also revealed other nasty and randy misbehaviour he exhibited to the student.

This gross misconduct violated Section 8.7 Paragraph (f) of the Administrative and Academic Regulations in Kaduna State University.

The regulations state that 'victimisation/harassment of students through examination mark is punishable by dismissal and termination of appointment," he said.

The deputy Vice-Chancellor described Abbas' earlier resignation as "null and void."

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