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Bello condemns abduction of Chinese nationals at Zungeru Dam site, seeks swift rescue

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The Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, has condemned the kidnapping of some Chinese working in the state on Tuesday and appealed to security personnel to double efforts to ensure the victims’ safe return.

In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mary Noel, in Minna on Thursday, the governor expressed concern over the boldness displayed by the terrorists to have attacked the workers in the presence of security personnel attached to the site where they were working.

He emphasised the need for security agents to bring criminal activities in some parts of the state to the lowest level, particularly now that the perpetrators had been declared as terrorists by the Federal Government.

The governor, however, commended the efforts of the security personnel, who engaged the kidnappers.

He stated that the abduction would cause a setback to the delivery of ongoing projects.

“The attack is really disturbing as it will cause some setbacks to the Zungeru Dam project, which the Federal Government has been making efforts to complete in record time,” Bello stated.

He expressed sadness over the loss of lives during the abduction, adding that it was an unfortunate incident that should not reoccur in the state.

The governor added, “It really saddened my heart to hear about this attack. It is even more worrisome to know that the lives of labourers were involved. This action may negatively affect the completion of the Zungeru Dam, which is of great significance to the country.

“My heart goes out to the families of the labourers who were killed and those injured; I pray that Allah will grant them quick recovery.”

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Find the killers of Oba Odetola now: Gov. Abiodun orders police, others

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Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun has ordered the police and other security agencies in the state to fish out urgently the killers of Oba Ayinde Odetola, the king of Agodo in Ewekoro LGA.

Gunmen killed the king, along with three other people on Monday over a mix of chieftaincy and land issues.

An outraged Abiodun condemned the killings and vowed to find the killers.

In a statement by Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, Governor Abiodun directed the security agencies to immediately fish out the killers.

Abiodun declared that his administration would not tolerate a breach of peace and harmony being currently enjoyed in the state.

He said the politics, land, and chieftaincy matters should not attract descent into self-help and killings.

“To those threatening the peace of our state, we will stop at nothing to fish them out, prosecute them and mete out the full wrath of the law on them,” the governor was quoted as saying.

“We have zero tolerance for these ignoble conducts. Politics, land, and chieftaincy disputes are no excuses for people to take laws into their hands. All hirelings, parents, and guardians should call their wards to order.

“OP-MESA, Joint Internal Security Task Force, Amotekun, vigilantes’ groups, DSS Police and NSCDC are not mere toothless bulldogs. They are armed and deployed to strike agent provocateurs.”

Abiodun, meanwhile has sent his condolences to the family of the late monarch and the residents of Agodo town.

According to Ogun state Police Command, Oba Odetola was shot dead by suspected hoodlums on Monday.

He was killed not too long after his brother was also gruesomely murdered.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Ogun, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the traditional ruler and the others were killed at about 11am on Monday.

They were said to be returning from an outing before they were attacked by the hoodlums.

The three people in the company of the king were reportedly set ablaze.

Oyeyemi revealed that the Commissioner of Police in Ogun, Lanre Bankole, and the Special Security Adviser to Governor Dapo Abiodun, Olusola Subair, have visited the town for an on-the-spot assessment.

He stated that the whole town was deserted as of the time of the visit, adding that the police commissioner has directed that the Homicide Unit of the Criminal Investigation Department of the command commence an investigation into the killing.

Channels Television reported a tussle over the chieftaincy title of Alagodo between the people of Ake and Owu in Egbaland.

While the late monarch was from the Ake section of Egba, he reportedly faced resentment by Owu people as they considered it improper for an Egba Ake to rule in aa town dominated by Owu.

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RIG holds ‘Warri Kingdom Miracle Crusade’

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By Agatha Emeadi

All is set for a night of wonders as ‘Warri Miracle Kingdom Crusade’ holds on Monday 31st January, 2022 at the Palace Ground, Ugbori, Warri, Delta State. According to the convener, Prophet Tomi Arayomi of Restoring Issacharis Generation Nation (RIG), the kingdom of God has come to Warri Kingdom, especially as it will hold at the palace ground and the gospel of Jesus Christ will be preached; not with flowery words but with the Spirit of God and the demonstration of HIS power. “The kingdom of God has come to Warri Kingdom especially as it will hold at the palace ground and the gospel of Jesus Christ will be preached, not with flowery words but with the Spirit of God and the demonstration of HIS power.

With Arayomi’s past performances during his crusades, he reminds that there is a move of God sweeping across the earth like never before and a yearning for the sons of God to reach out to the poor, sick, broken-hearted, needy and alikes; urging all to come and partake in the blessing of God.

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 “There is a move of God sweeping across the earth like never before and a yearning for the sons of God to reach out to the poor, sick, broken-hearted, needy and alikes; urging all to come and partake in the blessing of God”.

Taking a quote from Luke 1:37 “For with God, all things are possible” he said, the kingdom of God has come to Warri and therefore invites all to come and receive miracles in healing, breakthrough, and more. But most importantly come to encounter Jesus, the King of kings, Arayomi said.  

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Afenifere to FG: Ensure release of Igboho, Kanu forthwith 

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From Oluseye Ojo, Ibadan

The Pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, has  called on the Federal Government to ensure the release of the Yoruba nation activist, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho, and the leader of Independent People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, even if it is on political consideration.

The organisation noted that releasing Kanu on political consideration is not unprecedented because the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo between 1999 and 2007 did the same thing by releasing the leader of the Niger Delta Peoples Salvation Force, Mujahid Asari-Dokubo in such manner.

The request was contained in a communique issued at the end of the first annual general meeting of Afenifere held on Tuesday, at the country home of its Acting Leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, in Isanya Ogbo, Ogun State.

Afenifere also noted that restructuring of Nigeria into a true federalism is achievable before the 2023 general elections, if President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government would adopt the reports of the 2014 National Conference and the 2018 Mallam Nasir El-Rufai Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on True Federalism with desirable modifications where necessary.

The communique, which was made available to journalists by the National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Mr. Jare Ajayi, stated that the meeting deliberated extensively on various issues pertaining to the Nigeria nation, especially in the way they affect the Yorubas, adding that “The meeting reviewed the various challenges that Nigeria has been facing since independence. The meeting felt that while the country had never met the dream of its founding fathers, the situation had never been this bad socially, economically and politically. The situation is particularly worse on the security front as no part of the country is safe at any time of the day any more.

After extensive deliberations, Afenifere “considered Sunday Adeyemo Igboho as a Prisoner of Conscience. Afenifere called on all men and women of conscience, particularly the international community to which human rights and freedom are abiding faith, to prevail on the Governments of Nigeria and Benin Republic to release Sunday Igboho forthwith.

Not only that, the federal government should also pay Sunday Igboho the damages awarded to him by the court upon the savage attack on his person and property.

“The meeting also called on the federal government to release Nnamdi Kanu even if on political consideration as happened in the case of Asari Dokubo under the then President Olusegun Obasanjo.”

The communique further stated that “before and after independence, various efforts have been made to have a country, Nigeria, that everyone would be proud of. A country in which every one lives a happy life and there is life more abundant for all.

Afenifere however has no doubt whatsoever that the country can never get out of its present logjam, let alone, develop, unless there is restructuring.

“The meeting felt that one of the things that has been a great cog in the wheel of Nigeria’s progress today was the rubishing of true federalism, meaning that true federalism must be allowed to be effectively operational immediately. In other words, states and local government councils must be allowed to enjoy self governance as provided for them in the constitution.

“Afenifere is convinced that restructuring of the Nigerian State before the 2023 general elections is achievable. It is achievable through the adoption of the Reports of the 2014 National Conference and the 2018 Mallam El-Rufai Committee of the APC on True Federalism with desirable modifications where necessary.

“In recent times, we have consistently expressed concern on the situation of insecurity in Nigeria today. We have also always recommended what we consider as the ways out of the unprecedented security challenges facing us. In this respect, we strongly call on the present administration under President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure the introduction of State Police equipped with requisite means to enhance security in the states and that of the federation ultimately.

“The performance of Amotekun Security Network in the South West in conjunction with the Nigeria Police has shown clearly that all the criticisms against State Police are unfounded and self serving.”

The meeting was attended by some leaders and members of Afenifere from all the states in Yorubaland including Delta, Kwara and Kogi. Among the leaders in attendance were the former Governor of Kwara State, Chief Cornelius Adebayo; former deputy governor of Lagos State, Senator Kofo Bucknor-Akerele; Senator Femi Okunrounmu, Chief Supo Sonibare, Chief Sola Ebiseni, and the Secretary General, Dr. Gbola Adetunji.

The list also comprised Chief Korede Duyile, Abagun Kole Omololu, Hon. Leke Mabinuori, Chief Kofoworola Doherty, Dr. Ebun Sonaiya, Chief Tunde Onakoya, Senator Femi Lanlehin, Jumoke Ajasin-Anifowose, Chief Segun Olawoyin and Deacon Owolabi Oladejo, Chief Olu Pesu, Reverend Goke Omigbodun, and others.

Adevanjo, however, welcomed members and congratulated them for surviving the turbulent 2021.The meeting also looks forward to a more benign year in 2022.

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