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Attacks: FG beef up security in communities



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)


Enugu State Journalists Mourn the Loss of AIT Reporter, Jimmy Edeabasi Abaekong



Late Jimmy Edeabasi

Enugu State Chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, has announced the death of the State reporter of the African Independent Television, AIT, Jimmy Edeabasi Abaekong.

Before his death, Jimmy who moved from Ebonyi State to Enugu was attached to the Enugu Government House.

A message posted on the Enugu NUJ platform reads:

It is with heavy heart the NUJ Enugu State Council announce the sudden demise of our member, Jimmy Edeabasi Abaekong of AIT whose sad event occurred on the 29th of September 2023 during a brief illness.

Jimmy was of the Private Broadcast Chapel and hailed from Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

“The peaceful government house reporter would be greatly missed by all.

“Good night Jimmy! “

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Independence :Plateau State Governor Pardons 4 Inmates



Governor Caleb Muftwang of Plateau State


By Asile Abel, Jos

Governor Caleb Mutfwang of Plateau State has granted the prerogative of mercy to four inmates who were previously condemned to death, while others have been granted pardons to serve life sentences.

The statement was included in a statewide broadcast by the governor on Sunday, as part of the activities to mark Nigeria’s 63rd Independence Day.

“On this remarkable day, it is my pleasure to exercise my Prerogative of Mercy as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Having reviewed the recommendations of the Council on the Prerogative of Mercy, I hereby approve the following.”

The beneficiaries among the prisoners include Danladi Musa, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for culpable homicide and has served 17 years; he is granted an absolute pardon.

Tali Zingtim, who was also sentenced to death by hanging for criminal conspiracy and armed robbery, will now serve 21 years of imprisonment.

Similarly, one Ponzing Nanshep, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide, will serve 21 years of imprisonment.

Also, Dauda Joshua, who was sentenced to death by hanging for culpable homicide, will serve a life sentence.

Governor Mutfwang used the opportunity to express his appreciation to the citizens of Plateau for their support of his administration so far.

“I wish to thank every citizen for the immense support we have enjoyed since assuming office. I encourage you to maintain faith in us and remain positive that we will fulfill our promises.”

The Governor of Plateau State congratulated Nigerians on 63 years of being an independent country.

“I wish you a happy and hope-inspiring Independence celebration and rest assured that we are committed to the peace and prosperity of our land.

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Dala Inland Dry Port Appoints Barrister Hassan Bello as Non-Executive Director



Barrister Hassan Bello


The governing Board of Dala Inland Dry Port Zawaciki Kano has appointed Barrister Hassan Bello (OON) as its non executive Director.

Announcing the development shortly after its meeting held on Tuesday 26th September 2023 at Abuja, the Board’s chairman Alh Abubakar Sahabo Bawuro said the appointment of Barrister Hassan Bello, an experienced legal practitioner and astute administrative guru in the shipping industry in Nigeria, is with immediate effect.

HASSAN Bello was a graduate of the prestigious ABU Zaria and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1982.

He later held various positions as state counsel – ministry of justice, Sokoto, Legal Adviser/Company Secretary Secretary – Sokoto Investments company Ltd..

Hassan Bello was also the Head of Legal Dept, Nigerian shippers’ Council and later on as Executive Secretary/ CEO of the council..

Barrister Hassan Bello has been accredited with formulation, executing, interfacing and implementation of strategies that transformed the shippers’Council as the economic regulator of the Nigerian Ports industry.

In a statement signed by Head ,corporate communications Ahmad Rufai Bello said until his emergence as Director to the Board, Bello Esq had been a consultant to the Board.

Barrister Hassan Bello was conferred with the prestigious National Honour Award of the OFFICER of the ORDER of the NIGER (OON) by the former president of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari in May this year.


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