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Buhari to Igbo leaders: Kanu’s unconditional release difficult but I will consider

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, November 19, revealed that the release of the detained leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, is difficult due to the doctrine of separation of powers between the Executive and Judiciary.

This is as he said, though such a demand is quite heavy, he will consider it nevertheless.

Buhari said this while receiving a group under the aegis of Highly Respected Igbo Greats, led by First Republic parliamentarian and Minister of Aviation, Mbazulike Amaechi, at State House, Abuja.

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, disclosed this in a statement titled ‘President Buhari to Igbo Leaders: your demand for Nnamdi Kanu’s release is heavy. I will consider it’.

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Buhari said “You’ve made an extremely difficult demand on me as leader of this country. The implication of your request is very serious.

“In the last six years, since I became President, nobody would say I have confronted or interfered in the work of the Judiciary. God has spared you, and given you a clear head at this age, with a very sharp memory. A lot of people half your age are confused already. But the demand you made is heavy. I will consider it.”

Stressing his policy of non-interference with the Judiciary, the President said when Kanu jumped bail, got arrested and was brought back to the country, “I said the best thing was to subject him to the system. Let him make his case in court, instead of giving very negative impressions of the country from the outside. I feel it’s even a favour to give him that opportunity.”

Meanwhile, Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has stated that Lagos will need about $15 billion for infrastructure over the next five years.

Sanwo-Olu said this on Thursday, November 19, at the third Lagos Investors’ Roundtable and Unveiling of Deal Book, organised by the Office of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Investment at Victoria Island.

He said that the state needed such an amount, given its rising population and limited geographical space.

”We believe that given the rising population and limited geography space that we have; Lagos will indeed require about $15 billion over the next five years on infrastructure alone.

”Fifteen million dollars is about five times the budget that we currently have. Lagos budget is about $3 billion today,” Sanwo-Olu said.

 

 

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Controversy in Ibadan over students allegedly turned to yam tubers by ritualist

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Ibadan, the Oyo State capital is currently witnessing a storm of claims and counter-claims over a report that two students of Bashorun High School were allegedly turned to tubers of yam by a suspected ritualist.

The incident was said to have occurred yesterday, Friday December 3, 2021.

1st News reports that the bizarre incident had trended for hours on social media yesterday. The suspected ritualist (names withheld) had allegedly turned two students of the school to tubers of yam; using two unused diapers for the diabolic act. Further, the suspect was allegedly caught by a local security guard around Bode Wasinmi-Bashorun axis at a location close to the school.

The man was subsequently set ablaze by an irate crowd which gathered at the scene.

Since the rumours broke, there has been palpable fear in the minds of residents and unrest in the community; especially among parents and guardians whose children and wards attend the school.

However, in a swift reaction, the Oyo State Commissioner for Education, Mr. Abiodun Abdulramah, has poured cold water on the rumours, adding that there was no case of students being turned into yam tubers. Abdularamah made the clarification while addressing students, parents and guardians of when he visited the school.

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The commissioner had visited the school on Friday afternoon while on a fact-finding mission; following a trending report on social media that the incident happened in the school.

Abdulramah said findings from the school management showed that none of the school students was reported missing. Additionally, the commissioner called for calm. He assured the parents that the security operatives would dig deeper into the incident to unravel details of what really happened.

Meanwhile, the commissioner admonished the general public to remain patient; adding that the safety of every resident in the state was a priority for the Gov. Seyi Makinde-led administration.

In other news, a woman has been arrested for allegedly setting ablaze another woman suspected to be her husband’s lover.

The incident occurred in Ado – Odo/Ota local government area of Ogun State.

The woman, identified as Kehinde, a mother of three children, allegedly poured petrol on the victim, identified as 23-year-old Tosin Olugbade and subsequently set her ablaze after a disagreement. She was subsequently arrested by operatives of the Ogun State Police Command.

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Panic As Explosion Rocks Housing Estate In Borno

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An explosion on Saturday morning at 1000 Housing Estate in Maiduguri, Borno State, left residents in fear and confusion. 

According to a report by Daily Trust, the explosion was believed to have been triggered by Boko Haram fighters.

Also, a rocket launcher landed at Gomari Airport, a community about four kilometres from the airport located in the state capital.

Details of the incidents were sketchy at the time of this report.

In a video shared online, residents of the estate were seen discussing the incident in groups.

A large crowd was also seen in one of the houses affected by the explosion.

One of the residents said no life was lost in the incident.

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Farmers cry out as Katsina government blocks dam

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Farmers in Ajiwa and other communities using the Ajiwa Dam for irrigation have cried out to the Katsina State government to reopen the canals that feed them water from the dam.

This is even as the state government said it blocked the canals to carry out repairs and expansion of the dam.

But the farmers said the state government did not inform them about the project and has not assisted them with alternative measures to sustain their farms.

PREMIUM TIMES visited Ajiwa Dam on Thursday and saw farmers in the area digging the ground to source water for their plants.

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Usman Hassan, a farmer from Gangarawa, said the unavailability of water is affecting his plants.

Mr Hassan, who produces lettuce, pepper, onion and garden eggs, said he would soon abandon the farm due to lack of water.

“They have been asking us to return to the farm. We are serious farmers year in year out but what has the government done to support us? Blocking the canals that supply water to us is wickedness because they did not even inform us, we just woke up to see all the water supply stopped,” he lamented.

He faulted the water board management for not releasing the water despite pleas made by the farmers.

All the farmers told Premium TIMES that for 22 days, they had been left to look for alternatives to water their plants.

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Lawal Umar said he has been engaged in irrigation farming for years but the management of the dam has been making it hard for them.

“This time, I had already planted my tomatoes and pepper and they were growing when suddenly the water stopped coming. We have been complaining to those involved but they kept telling us that we should meet the Commissioner (of Water Resources). Even the dam manager asked us to see the Commissioner because he is the only person that can address our issue,” Mr Umar said.

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On his part, Usman Sule from Kazama village complained that since the water they get is waste, the water resources ministry should help reopen the canals for them.

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“The water we get is waste because they generate from the filter. I don’t know why they should be hoarding the water for us. It is wastewater from the clean water being sent to the Katsina metropolis,” he said.

About 300 farmers benefit from irrigation system farming in the dam area.

During the visit by this reporter, several farmers were seen using generating set to get water while others were busy digging the earth.

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The ministry of water resources in the state said the dam is being repaired and its capacity is being boosted.

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A statement sent to this reporter by the public relations officer of the ministry, Bashir Kurfi, said the state government signed for the work.

“CCECC Nigeria limited is working for the improvement of Ajiwa dam and spillway. The project will cost N3, 309, 803, 986. The work will be concluded in the next 18 months.”

Mr Kurfi said the ongoing work on the dam site was the reason for the blockade.

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