The senator representing Nasarawa North in the National Assembly, Senator Solomon Ewuga has said that his publicized visit to Baba Alakyo, the chief priest of Ombatse, days after more than 60 security operatives were ambushed and killed by the militia group in Nasarawa State, was approved by Senate President, Mr David Mark.
Responding to questions at the continued seating of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry in Lafia, the state capital, which is probing the killing of the security operatives, Mr Ewuga admitted that he knew Baba Alakyo and had visited Alakyo village.
The senator, who was led to the witness box at about 11.55 a.m. said, “Yes I know Baba Alakyo and visited Alakyo village some times in May”
He also claimed that the media officials and security aides that accompanied him on the visit were approved by the Senate leadership.
“My movement to Alakyo was approved by the leadership of the national assembly, that was why I went with full protocol from the assembly that supported me including security,” he said.
Mr Ewuga, however, said he was away in Port Harcourt, Rivers State when the killings of security operatives took place and that the Director General of the State Security Service (SSS) had called him a day after the incident and pleaded with him to use his leadership position to assist in rescuing operatives, who were either killed or kidnapped.
His words, “The first called I received the next morning after I arrived from Port Harcourt was the DG of SSS, who told me that Eggon youths have either kidnapped his men or killed them so please use your leadership position there to release them or their dead bodies”.
The senator told the panel that he does not know the number of security operatives killed that day during the violence.
He also affirmed that he sent members of the Ombatse group away from the venue of the swearing-in ceremony of Umaru Tanko Al-Makura as the governor of the state in May 2011
“I asked them to leave because they don’t belong there,” he said.
Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter
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.
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.”
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 & be Merciful to her.
— Isa Ali Pantami, PhD (@DrIsaPantami) November 23, 2020
Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu
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.
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.
Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims
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.
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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