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Zamfara: Shinkafi Chairman cries out as Buhari sends minister to LGA

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The Minister for Interior, Mr. Abdulrahaman Dambazau, on Monday, stormed Shinkafi local government area on an assessment visit over rampant killings and kidnappings in the area.

Addressing newsmen at the Emir’s palace, the minister stated that with respect to the recent killings in the local government area, President Muhammadu Buhari sent him to the local government to console the Emir and the people of Shinkafi.

He assured that he would report all he had seen to the president, saying, “We will have alliance and regular meetings with stakeholders including the traditional leaders in the state, the president was very much concerned about the insecurity situation in the state.”

According to him, the President would instruct the chief of Army Staff to increase the deployment in the local government area to beef up security in the area.

“We cannot continue to live in fears even in our own country. This is the time to take the battle to their hideouts and dens, we would no longer tolerate the armed bandits any more,” Dambazau asserted.

In his speech, the chairman of Shinkafi local government council, Hon. Sank Galadi told the minister that just the day, armed bandits wrote a letter to the Shinkafi district head, telling him that they would be storming Shinkafi town in no distant time.

“Our people are now apprehensive as they hear the ugly news,” the chairman said.

Continuing, the council chairman explained that there are only 19 soldiers in the whole local government area, stressing that there are 98 communities in the whole local government and that all the villages are under the siege of armed bandits.

He lamented that the hideouts and dens of the armed bandits cannot be penetrated because the military does not have the kind of arms and ammunition the armed bandits are operating with.

“We are seriously in trouble and the problems are multi-dimensional,” he said.

DAILY POST can authoritatively report that for the past few months, the armed bandits have been focusing their attention on almost all the communities in the local government area.

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Cancel Bayelsa/Kogi elections, former Niger gov. tells INEC

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A former governor of Niger, Dr Babangida Aliyu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to cancel Saturday’s governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states.

Aliyu made the call in a press statement on Thursday in Minna by Mr Bala Bitrus, his media officer.

According to Aliyu: “we hereby ask INEC and the government in power to annul the elections in the interest of peace, the growth of democracy and fairness.

“(This is) for the soul of Salomi Acheju Abuh and of all those who were slain in Kogi and Bayelsa states in the course of last Saturday’s elections by the agents of the states.

“We ask the federal government to not only condemn the wanton killings and destruction of properties but to empaneled well balanced committees to probe the dastardly acts and speedily bring those behind the arsons and fish out their sponsors for proper justice.”

He condemned the killing of the PDP’s Women Leader of Wada Aro Campaign Council in Kogi state, Salomi Abuh who was burnt to death in her house by alleged sponsored armed political thugs.

“As civilized citizens, we note with serious concern that the general conducts of the governorship elections in the two states, where innocent citizens were subjected to crude, brutal and naked use of force have rubbished the essence of the elections.

“Therefore we reject the outcomes of the two elections in their entirety,” he said.

“The conducts and outcomes of the elections in the two states are therefore not the reflections of free choice by the electorate in the two states nor are they in tandem with democratic traditions hence we reject the results posted by INEC in all their ramifications.

“It is pertinent to say here that subversion of the free will and wishes of citizens at elections and at any public fora amounts to, not only illegality but gross abuse of the fundamental principles of the rights of citizens to elect candidates of their preferred choice to govern them,” he added.

The Former Governor said that it was time for the country to begin to have critical look at the electoral system and ensure that the right things are done toward safeguarding democracy and its true culture in all elections.

Responding, Alhaji Mohammed Imam, Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Niger, told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that Aliyu was merely seeking for relevance.

“He is actually canvassing for such, knowing fully well that INEC cannot annul election after it had declared it,” he said.

NAN reports that David Lyon of the APC in Bayelsa had polled 352,552 votes to defeat Sen. Douye Diri of the PDP who got 143,172 votes.

While the incumbent in Kogi, Alhaji Yahaya Bello polled 406,222 votes to defeat his major opponent, Musa Wada of the PDP who scored 189,704 votes to emerge second.

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Gunmen abduct 6 people in Kaduna

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Gunmen, suspected to be kidnappers have abducted a nursing mother and five others in Kaduna State.

The incident, which happened at Unguwar Dan Mani, Igabi Local Government Area of the State, was made public on Wednesday night.

It was learnt that, when the gunmen stormed the area, they began shooting sporadically.

A ward head in the community, who does not want his name in print, confirmed the incident to AREWA.NG, saying the whole community is in shock due to the abduction.

He said the gunmen were shooting sporadically throughout the night as they went from house to house, picking their victims.

“We are now in confusion because those abducted were four males and two women. Among the women was a nursing mother known in this community as Matar Ghali. They took her away while the husband Ghali escaped. Gambo and Bukar are among those abducted. These are all poor people and so far we have identified six people that were abducted, ” he said.

He said the kidnappers have called the wife of one of the victims demanding N10 million ransom.

He appealed to Governor Nasir El-Rufai to come to the aid of the community by providing security in the area.

When contacted, the spokesman of the police in the state, DSP Yakubu Sabo, could not pick his call, while text message sent to him was not responded to.

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Governors state position over hate speech bill

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The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has advised the National Assembly to hold a public hearing on the hate speech bill before it to ensure that the views of Nigerians were captured in the passage of the bill.

NAN reports that NGF Vice Chairman and Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal gave the advice while fielding questions from newsmen at the end of the forum meeting held on Wednesday night in Abuja.

He advised the federal lawmakers to respect the views of Nigerians on the bill.

“I am not sure I have heard any governor come out to say he is in support of death penalty for hate speech.

“I believe the National Assembly should hold a public hearing on that bill, so that due process of lawmaking is followed, so that the views of Nigerians not just the governors will be well captured on that bill.

“They should respect the views of Nigerians in whatever may be the direction of debate and the eventual passage or otherwise of that bill,” Tambuwal said.
Asked of the governors’ position on the Finance Bill submitted to the NASS by President Muhammadu Buhari to increase Value Added Tax (VAT) from five to 7.5. per cent, Tambuwal appealed to Nigerians to show more understanding with the Federal Government,” he said.

He added that the governors were in support of what would improve the revenue generation drive of both the federal and state governments.

“We are appealing to those who probably have no proper understanding of the context of those bill to kindly have a rethink of them and reflect on quantum of work ahead of us.

”As a country and states, we need a lot of resources to turn around infrastructure, to invest in education, healthcare and every sector of our national life.

“There is urgent need of more revenue in Nigeria. So, I appeal that we should show more understanding with the Federal Government in that regard,” he said.

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