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NSCDC Denies Complicity In FCT, Nasarawa Land Racketeering

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, has distanced itself from involvement in any land racketeering in the FCT and Nasarawa State.

The busted land racketeering led to seizure of 61 houses and 45 plots of land from NSCDC officials by the ICPC.

The organisation denied any complicity in the scam via a statement signed by its Public Relations Officer, Mr Emmanuel Okeh, yesterday, in Abuja.

The statement said: “The NSCDC Commandant-General, Dr Ade Abolurin, has emphasised for the umpteenth time that the organisation is not involved in sales of land.

“The NSCDC did not at any point in time delegate persons, organisations or agents to do so on its behalf.”

The statement stressed that the NSCDC did not have any land for sale, adding that it did not have any housing estate in its name as well.

It quoted Abolurin as saying that the mandate of the corps as a para-military agency was to protect and safeguard the critical infrastructure of government and the country’s national assets.

It listed some of the assets as petroleum pipelines, power transmission equipment and telecommunication installations, among others.

“The corps, therefore, does not have any business with the purported land sales and the officers who are culpable must be sanctioned according to the law.

“The corps will like to make it unequivocally clear that the property seized by the ICPC do not belong to NSCDC; rather, they belong to some indicted officers who are currently under investigations,” Abolurin was quoted as saying in the statement.

The commandant-general said in the statement that prosecution of the affected officers by the ICPC had commenced.

The NSCDC chief further said the seized property were purportedly acquired with proceeds of the illegal land sales by the scammers.

It added that when the illicit transaction was unearthed, he personally reported the case to the ICPC for further investigations. [Vanguard]

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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

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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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