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ACF Hails FG, Boko Haram Agreement As Panacea To Peace In North

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The pan-northern socio-political group, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), on Tuesday said it would throw its weight behind any initiative that would bring an end to the hostilities caused by Boko Haram.

The Forum’s position comes on the heels of the revelation by Minister of Special Duties and Chairman, Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of Security Challenges in the North, Alhaji Tanimu Turaki that the Federal Government had “reached  an understanding” with the Islamist sect.

Turaki, who spoke on Monday in the Hausa Service of the Radio France International, said, “We have reached an understanding with the leadership of Boko Haram arising from weeks of discussion and interface that we have been having with them.

“A declaration has been made… and a formal agreement will be signed soon.”

jonathan-bokoWelcoming the development, the ACF said it was a timely agreement as it came at a time when it was collaborating with other stakeholders to ensure the group embraced peace.

Speaking on the importance of the ceasefire pact, National Publicity Secretary of ACF, Mr. Anthony Sani said the body believed that the use of force would not solve the problems of the sect.

The ACF, he stressed, would always prefer dialogue to engaging in force to return normalcy to the region.

In his words, “You would recall the Federal Government had informed the nation that it needed the state of emergency in order to enable it to reclaim the seized Nigerian territories held by the sect; and that military  actions would not preclude the dialogue option.

“ACF supports this approach of stick and carrot with proviso that excessive use of force will not be allowed and that the rules of engagement will be observed strictly.

“That is why any agreement with the sect to cease hostilities in order to make for constructive dialogue would not be out of place.”

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Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

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Nigeria's Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

Communications minister, Isa Pantami

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.

The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.

Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.

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The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.

“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”

 

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.

The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.

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Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.

He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

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Governor of Zamafara, Bello Matawalle has announced the release of 11 kidnapped victims.

According to reports, ten of the victims were male and a female from Bukkuyum Local Government Area.

Matawalle received the rescued kidnapped victims on Saturday night at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.

The Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammed Dauran revealed that the victims were released without paying a ransom.

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He stated they were released as a result of the peace initiative and stakeholders meeting summoned by Governor Matawalle with all critical stakeholders from Bukkuyum Local Government Area on Thursday.

Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.

 

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