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Bandits kill 17 vigilantes in Kaduna

The Kaduna State Police Command said no fewer than 17 vigilantes were killed by armed bandits in Jan Ruwa Village in Birnin Gawri Local Government of Kaduna State.

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Yakubu Sabo, confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Kaduna.

Sabo disclosed that the police received information on March 12 at about 11:45am that a group of armed bandits entered Jan Ruwa Village of Birnin Gawri LGA and rustled many cows.

He added that “a team of vigilante group of the village who were returning from a function in Zamfara State, got the information mobilised and pursued the criminals into the deep forest, engaged the bandits in serious gun duel, as a result of which some of the vigilante men lost their lives.”

Sabo said a combined team of police mobile force, conventional police and vigilante mobilised to the area for search and rescue mission.

He added that in the process, 15 dead bodies of the vigilante men were recovered, and additional two bodies later.

“This brings the total number of vigilante men who died to 17,” he disclosed.

The spokesman said the Commissioner of Police, Malam Ahmad Abdurrahaman, condemned the killing of those patriots and vowed to apprehend the perpetrators to face the consequences of their action.

“He condoled the families of these gallant citizens who volunteered to assist security agencies in the protection of life and property of the citizenry.

”The CP assure members of the public that, the command has sent detectives to the area and working hand in hand with other security agencies to ensure timely arrest of the culprits,” he said.

He appealed to members of the public to assist police with relevant information on any suspicious person or group to ensure effective crime prevention in the state.

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We are not safe – Cardinal Onaiyekan speaks on insecurity in Nigeria

John Cardinal Onaiyekan, the Archbishop, Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja, has urged government at all levels to do more in addressing worsening insecurity in the country.

Onaiyekan said this on Tuesday at the 5th Anniversary of Lumen Christi Television Network and Presentation of Annual Maiden Lecture at Catholic House, Lekki, Lagos.

According to him, “we cannot pretend that everything is fine as people go around with fear in their hearts.

“Apart from Boko Haram senseless insurgency which has been around for the past 10 years, initially we did not see the herdsmen as terrorists, now we know,’’ he said.

He urged the government not to allow those involved in criminal activities in the country to have free reign, saying that those caught should be prosecuted.

“Nigerians are practically at the mercy of these criminals; in time past, we have our traditional culture where every able-body man went around with his cutlass, bows and arrows to defend themselves.

“Now we have disarmed ourselves so that the security agencies can protect us but they cannot protect us, the only people that carry weapons around are criminals.

“It is only the rich people and those in government that surround themselves with security men, leaving the poor helpless,’’ he said.

The cleric said that he believed that the insurgents are out to Islamize the country at gunpoint.

“My own understanding and experience is that Muslims do not agree with what the insurgents are doing.

“But they should do more and make their disagreement loud and clear that this group is giving them bad name.

“Everything boils down to good governance, if we have good governance, criminals will not have a free route, religious fanatics will not promote their religion by force.

“Those using other means like political influence and power to promote their religion at the expense of others in a way that is unjust will also have a rethink,” Onaiyekan said.

The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev. Adewale Martins, said that all hands must be on deck to address the nation’s security challenges, NAN reports.

“If the present situation is not addressed, the sense of unity and togetherness of the Nigerian people from a psychological standpoint could be under threat,” he said.

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May 29: Gov. Okowa tells commissioners to handover

Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, on Tuesday, thanked the commissioners for their support in making his first term a success, while asking them to vacate their positions on Friday, May 24.

The Governor gave the order at the valedictory session of the State Executive Council meeting held in Government House, Asaba.

He said the council’s collective efforts and determination ensured the execution of government programmes and policies to the satisfaction of the people.

According to the Governor, the commissioners are to handover to their Permanent Secretaries before the close of work on Friday, May 24.

“In the last four years, I have had a working team’ an Exco that realised that we are together and that our success story will be told together.

“I am proud to say that it is the collective efforts of each and every one of us that has given us our success stories, which also resulted in the resounding victory we recorded at the elections.

“I will first want to thank each and every one and appreciate you more for the commitment to your offices in the last four years.

“We give all the glory to God, who gave us the grace to take certain steps in our administration, look at the second tenure there is still a lot to be done.

“I want to use this opportunity to thank the people for the support given to us as a government,” he said.

He urged the people to sustain their support and prayers for the government in the second tenure.

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9th NASS leadership: Why Senator Lawan should be Senate President – Yobe Gov-elect

Alhaji MaiMala Buni, Yobe Governor-elect, has appealed to members of the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to endorse the candidature of Senator Ahmad Lawan for Senate President.

The governor-elect made the appeal on Monday in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, (NAN) in Damaturu.

He said that Lawan, who became a Senator in 2007, representing Yobe North Senatorial District, had exhibited competence, loyalty, commitment and selflessness worthy of a good leader.

“There is no doubt that Sen. Lawan is capable of giving the desired quality leadership needed for the implementation of the APC’s campaign promises to Nigerians,” he said.

The governor-elect said the party’s decision to endorse Lawan was to ensure that there was a needed understanding between the upper chamber and the executive to fast-track development and improve the lives of Nigerians.

“The wisdom behind the party endorsing Lawan for the senate president was to ensure that the mistake of having another antagonistic leadership in the 9th senate is avoided in the interest of Nigerians and democracy.

“You can not afford to be the ruling party, yet, having a divided house,as witnessed in the last four years of confrontation and sabotage.

“A situation where bills, including the budget, are unnecessarily delayed to frustrate the administration, must not be allowed to happen again,”he said.

He commended party stakeholders for supporting the endorsement of Sen. Lawal.

“I am highly optimistic that those nursing ambition for the senate president’s office would finally accept the party’s decision and support the preferred candidate of the party,” he said.

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