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Attacks: FG beef up security in communities

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The Federal Government has taken steps to beef up security in rural areas to curb incessant attacks on communities, Rev. Yakubu Pam, Executive Secretary, Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission     (NCPC), has said.

Pam gave the assurance on Thursday when he paid condolence visit to leaders of St Raphael Catholic Church in Fadan Kamatan, Zango Kataf Local Government Area, Kaduna State.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that gunmen had on Sept. 7, attacked the church in an attempt to abduct some clergies.

They however failed to gain entry into the church and while retreating, set ablaze home of the parish priest, where a seminarian, Naam Ngofe-Danladi, was burnt to death.

“Don’t be deceived, this does not have religious colorations, some people are out to steal, kill and destroy. Be on guard, pray and watch,” he added.

The NCPC boss said the visit was also to acertain the extent of damage and report back to President Bola Tinubu.

He assured that federal government was committed to ending insecurity in the country.

Pam explained that attacks and kidnappings in communities, including Southern Kaduna, Zamfara and other states, was largely to distrupt the peaceful coexistence among Nigerians.

He urged various communities in the country affected by the security challenges not to be distracted.

The federal government will partner communities to ensure more patrol teams are deployed to provide security,” he added.

He advised the communities to live peacefully and unite to build back southern Kaduna.

Pam also appealled to the communities to report suspicious movements to the authorities for proper monitoring and action.

In a remark, the Chief of Atang Chiefdom, Mr Adamu Alkali appreciated the federal government delegation for the visit.

He solicited for the deployment of more patrol teams for timely interventions and elimination of criminals elements in the area.

The chief prayed for the success of the present administration in working for the good of the country and its citizens.

While narrating his experience, the parish priest, Rev. Fr Emmanuel Okolo said all his valuables were burnt, but assured that would not be deterred from preaching the gospel.

He thanked God and the host community for maintaining peace “and not blindly carried away by rumours that the attack was a religious war.”

The priest called for prayers and more action by the state and federal government to bring back peace across the country.

NAN reports that Pam accompanied by the Southern Kaduna Joint Peace Committee, also met with the Muslem community to solicit for peaceful coexistence. (NAN)

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Breaking:Gov. Yusuf Orders Arrest of Deposed Emir of Kano Aminu Ado Bayero

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The Governor of Kano State, Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf, has ordered the immediate arrest of the former Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero, for creating tension in the state.

The former Emir was smuggled into Kano city last night in an attempt to forcefully return to the palace two days after being deposed by the Governor.

In a statement issued by Mr. Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa, the spokesperson to the Governor, it was confirmed that the new Emir, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, arrived at the palace in the company of the Governor, the Deputy Governor, the Speaker of the State Assembly, and other top government functionaries at about 1:00 a.m. on Saturday, 25th May 2024.

As the Chief Security Officer of the state, His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kano State, Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf, has directed the Commissioner of Police to arrest the deposed Emir with immediate effect for disturbing public peace and attempting to destroy the relative peace the state enjoys.

Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa
**Director General, Media and Publicity, Government House, Kano**

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NNPC Ltd Condoles with Tijjani Babangida over Loss of Brother, Son

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Yesterday, the NNPC Ltd paid a condolence visit to Nigeria’s Ex-International, Tijjani Babangida, over the tragic loss of his son, Fadil, and brother, Ibrahim Babangida, as a result of the ghastly road accident which occurred on Saturday, May 11th, 2024, along the Zaria-Kaduna Road. It would be recalled that in the unfortunate incident, Babangida and his wife also sustained serious injuries and are currently receiving medical attention.

During the visit, GCEO NNPC Ltd, Mr. Mele Kyari, represented by the Company’s Chief Corporate Communication’s Officer, Mr. Olufemi Soneye, expressed the Company’s heartfelt commiserations to the Babangida family, praying for God’s mercy upon the souls of the departed and for a speedy recovery of the ex-footballer and his wife.

Earlier in February 2024, Tijjani Babangida was among a selected team of Nigeria’s Ex-Internationals, led by the legendary Austin Jay Jay Okocha, who participated in a novelty football match during the grand finale of the 13th NNPC Sports Fiesta held at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja.

In his response, an elated Babangida expressed his delight to the NNPC Ltd for identifying with him in his trying period, stressing that although lives once lost can never be brought back, the Company’s kind gesture will further strengthen his resolve to overcome the predicament.

 

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ECOWAS Parliament Elects First Female Speaker

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The 6th ECOWAS Parliament has elected Ibrahim Maimunatu, a female from Togo, as the Speaker of the Parliament. She is the first female Speaker to be elected in the parliament’s history.

 

During her investiture speech, the newly elected Speaker expressed gratitude to the Parliamentarians for entrusting the fate of the parliament for the next four years to her.

“I’m grateful for the honour conferred on me. I commended the Chairman of the ECOWAS and Nigeria’s President, Bola Ahmed for entrusting the 6th Legislature to my country.”

This is the first time the leadership entrusted to a woman, this, has proven the vision of ECOWAS youth and women should be protected. This has further demonstrated the aim and passion of Togo President Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé who always support youths and women, particularly with the introduction of the legislation to support youths and women in Togo”

The new Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, Maimunatu assured that she will leave no stone unturned to meet the expectations of the member states.

She further commended the Deputy Speaker of the Parliament, Barau Jibrin, who has demonstrated his skills, commitment, determination, and leadership style in bringing the Parliament to its current stage.

She lamented that the reinsurgence of Terrorism and coup d’ etat in Niger Republic Burkina Faso and Mali and Climate Change were some of the issues bedevelling the sub region.

She lamented that the resurgence of terrorism and coups d’état in Niger Republic, Burkina Faso, and Mali, as well as climate change, were some of the issues plaguing the sub-region.

She stressed that the Parliament would collaborate with member states to address the challenges facing the West African region.

She maintained that the Parliament will work together towards realisation of its 5 pillars envisaged in vision 2050, including a secure, stable and peaceful region; a region endowed with strong institutions, and that complies with the rule of law and fundamental freedoms; a fully integrated and prosperous region; a region mobilized for transformation, inclusive and sustainable development.

After she delivered her inaugural speech, Ibrahima Maimunatu declared the 2nd Extraordinary Session held in Kano closed.

Earlier, Deputy Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, Barau Jibrin noted that Extraordinary Session held in ancient city of Kano was to bring the Parliament to the people of Kano State.

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