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Akwa Ibom Govt Cautions Senator Enang Over RUGA Comment

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The Akwa Ibom State Government has cautioned Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang, over comments he made on the suspended RUGA settlement initiative during a live radio programme in Uyo, the capital, last weekend.

In a statement by Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Charles Udoh, Enang was advised to desist from comments that could lead to public unrest and cause ethnic tension in the state.

Udoh said “Traditionally, the comparative advantage of Akwa Ibom State is not in animal husbandry; it is, therefore, ludicrous and insanely obtuse for Senator Ita Enang to say that state officials are the owners of cows herded by Fulani in the state. It is deeply incendiary and inflammatory.

“The comments made on a live radio programme may on a cursory look sound like another of his lame political gamesmanship but beyond that, it becomes a matter of grave concern when a man of his standing deliberately makes statements capable of heating up the polity in his home state and lead to security dilemma and tension.

“The world is aware of the alarming increase of herdsmen-orchestrated attacks on innocent people which is spreading like wild fire across the country.

“The government and people of Akwa Ibom remain undaunted in its avowed commitment to ensure maximum security of lives and property in the state.”

Enang had while defending the now suspended RUGA settlement programme by the President Buhari administration during a radio programme, claimed that “cows seen in Akwa Ibom belonged to big men in the state”.

The Presidential aide further alleged that owners of the cows employed Fulani herders to manage the animals on their behalf.

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84-year-old woman hacked to death in Osun

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Police in Osun State has confirmed the alleged murder of 84-year-old woman, Mrs Janet Alatede Ebo on Sunday, at Oke Aare, Iree, in Boripe Local Government Areaof the state .

According to a student of a tertiary institution in the town, who lives in the same apartment with the slain octogenarian, and preferred anonymity, the old woman was hacked to death around 8pm at her residence located in Afunsho compound area of the town.

According to the young chap, the old woman was seen alive in the house around 7:30pm, before he went out to recharge his phone only to come back and meet her in the pool of her blood.

He observed that the octogenarian must have been stabbed severally before passing away .

“The old woman lives here with us (tenants) who are students of the Osun State Polytechnic, Iree. Most of my colleagues were not around last night as I was the only one with her in the house.

“At about 7:30pm, I told her I wanted to charge my phone somewhere as there was no electricity, and urged her not to close the door, promised to return shortly. On returning I saw the doors of the house locked.

“I was furious because I had to go in through the back door to my own apartment which is upstairs to gain access to the building. On getting upstairs, I wondered why mama did not leave the door open as I requested, so, I got down to check Mama in her room and luckily, electricity had been restored.

“On getting to Mama’s room, I discovered she had been stabbed and as a result, had given up the ghost”, he explained.

Meanwhile, the Police, through its spokesperson in the state, DSP Folasade Odoro, said the matter was under investigation, as the atmosphere around the area remains tensed.

Odoro disclosed that detectives were carrying out investigation to unravel those behind the killing, adding that the Commissioner of Police, Mrs. Abiodun Ige had visited the scene of the crime.

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JUST IN: INEC Resumes Collation Of Result In Kogi

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The Independent National Electoral Commission has resumed the collation of results of the governorship election in Kogi State.

The electoral commission has declared the Kogi West senatorial rerun election inconclusive.

According to the returning officer, Prof Olayinde Lawal, the margin between the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Smart Adeyemi, and that of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Dino Melaye, was 20,570.

He announced that Adeyemi polled a total of 80,118 votes, while Melaye got 59,548 votes from the seven local government areas in the senatorial district.

Dino has rejected the result so far, saying the election was manipulated.

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Kogi Decides: Yahaya Bello has ordered my assassination – Natasha Akpoti claims

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The Social Democratic Party, SDP, governorship candidate in Kogi State, Natasha Akpoti has claimed that Yahaya Bello has ordered her assassination.

Akpoti said this on Monday morning on her official Twitter page.

She wrote: “Gov Yahaya Bello has ordered for my assassination.”

AREWA.NG, recalls that Akpoti on Sunday called for the cancellation of the ongoing gubernatorial election in Kogi Central and part of Lokoja, the state capital.

Akpoti claimed that “what happened in Kogi Central and other parts of the state was a far cry from a credible election,” hence the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, should cancel the elections and conduct a rerun.

She made the call in a statement she personally signed and issued on Sunday.

According to Akpoti: “Ballot boxes were destroyed and burnt in Okene, Adavi, Ajaokuta and Ogori Magongo and Okehi Local government areas and other parts of the state.

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