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APC, PDP quarrel over Borno IDPs

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Borno have engaged in a war of words over the resettlement of internally displaced persons (IDPs).

The IDPs are resettled from their Maiduguri camps to their respective local government area headquarters.

The PDP, in a statement by the State Publicity Secretary, Mr Amos Adziba, called for the probing of the huge amount of money involved in resettling the IDPs.

Reacting to PDP’s position, APC’s chairman in the state, Ali Dalori, described PDP’s call as unfortunate and a show of lack of concern for the plight of the IDPs.

The PDP had claimed in its statement that the APC-led state government could not have spent N500 million to resettle inmates of Bakassi IDP camp as claimed.

It claimed that the APC-led government was only playing politics with the issue of IDPs to score cheap political points.

It added that the people of Borno were wiser with the reality on the ground, particularly lack of electricity, high inflation rate, and unemployment as many businesses continued to close.

APC chairman, however, stated that the PDP that had been comatose in Borno needed to join other stakeholders in supporting the IDPs resettlement programme instead of using its plight to play campaign politics.

“While people, irrespective of party or faith, including international organisations, are hailing government’s measures in tackling insecurity, our brothers in the PDP, for reasons best known to them, have chosen to be petty by choosing to politicise security matter,” said Mr Dalori. “I want to urge them to show patriotism as citizens of Borno where we choose to work collectively for peace and progress by supporting the process and bringing their contribution to support the IDPs as other stakeholders home and abroad are doing.”

“I don’t see anything wrong in empowering vulnerable persons, particularly IDPs that were given N100,000 per head of family and N50,000 for the women alongside food items,’’ Mr Dalori said.

The Borno government, in its commitment to close all major camps in Maiduguri by the end of December, has so far resettled IDPs from three major camps.

(NAN)

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We have enough fuel, avoid panic-buying, IPMAN tells Nigerians

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The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), on Friday, urged Nigerians to avoid panic-buying of fuel, saying there were enough products on ground.

IPMAN’s spokesperson, Suleiman Yakubu, in a telephone interview said that the fuel price had not changed.

“I advise Nigerians to stop panic buying, as we have enough premium motor spirit (PMS), popularly known as petrol, on ground,” he said.

While reacting to the current fuel scarcity and long queues of vehicles at filling stations noticed in some areas in Abuja, he described the panic purchase and long queues as unnecessary.

“We want to assure the buyers that the government and marketers are doing everything possible to ensure that the products are available and avoid any impulse buying,” he said.

However, some motorists who spoke with journalists, expressed disappointment over the development, urging filling stations that had fuel to sell to the public.

One of them, Ese Osas, decried the refusal of some filling station owners to sell to the motorists, thus making them go through unnecessary stress. 

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Trader gets wish for divorce because husband loves his dog more

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The Igando Customary Court in Lagos has granted the wish of a trader, Rashidat Ogunniyi, who sought to have her marriage dissolved because her husband loved his dog more.

The President of the Court, Adeniyi Koledoye, held that the repeated refusal of the respondent’s appearance in court would not stop the proceedings.

“Throughout the duration of this case, the respondent did not honour court processes therefore, the court has no other choice than to dissolve the marriage.

“The court hereby pronounces the marriage between Mr Kazeem Ogunniyi and Mrs Rashidat Ogunniyi, dissolved today. Both of you henceforth cease to be husband and wife,” he said.

Mr Koledoye gave the custody of the only child of the marriage to the trader and ordered Mr Ogunniyi to pay N10,000 monthly for her feeding.

He held that Mr Ogunniyi would also be responsible for the child’s education and general welfare.

Earlier, the trader sought dissolution of her 12-year-old marriage, claiming her husband was only concerned about the welfare of his dog.

“He only cares about the health, happiness, and safety of his dog. He always showers the dog with compliments,” she said.

The 40-year-old petitioner also said that her husband was domineering and physically abused her on several occasions.

According to her, Mr Ogunniyi encourages their daughter to steal her money and give him so he could buy a phone for her.

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Burkina Faso will return to democratic rule when conditions are right: Military

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Burkina Faso’s new military regime, led by Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba, says the West African country will return to constitutional order when conditions are right.

“When the conditions are right, according to the deadline that our people will define in all sovereignty, I commit to a return to a normal constitutional order,” Mr Damiba said.

He spoke for the first time on national television since leading a mutiny that ousted President Roch Marc Kabore on Monday.

Wearing a red beret, army fatigues, and flanked by national flags, Mr Damiba said he would convene various sections of Burkina Faso’s society to agree on a roadmap to plan and carry out needed reforms.

The lieutenant-colonel promised farmers and herders and people across the West African Sahel nation affected by violence from militants linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State and said he would take back control of those zones. He said security would be the priority.

His speech comes before a planned emergency summit of the 15-member Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Friday to discuss how to respond to the coup.

The junta said on Monday after seizing power that it would propose a calendar for a return to constitutional order “within a reasonable time frame” but has not elaborated on its plans.

The officers who call themselves the Patriotic Movement for Safeguard and Restoration (MPSR), launched a mutiny on Sunday night and removed Mr Kabore on Monday, blaming him for failing to contain worsening violence by Islamist militants.

(Reuters/NAN)

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