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Taraba Killings Politically Motivated, Senator Alleges

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Senator representing Taraba North senatorial district in the National Assembly, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha, Thursday alleged that a cabal opposed to power shift from the central district to the south as canvassed by the ailing Governor Danbaba Suntai are behind the recent killings in some parts of the state.

Bwacha made the allegation while briefing journalists in the National Assembly. He claimed that the killings were politically-motivated.

Crisis had broken out in Wukari Local Government Area of the state on Tuesday, leaving some people dead and a number of others homeless.

The killings continued on Wednesday, thus claiming the lives of seven others.

Bwacha said perpetrators of the crisis do so with the intention of portraying the southern district as crisis-ridden with the overall mission to stall its plan to produce the next governor of the state.

“To keen watchers of events in the state, the present crisis that is going on is more of a political crisis than the superficial meaning or interpretations being given. The basis like I earlier pointed out is on the power shift which the governor had canvassed for the state and which had received a broad based support across the state.

“The thinking by those perpetrating or fueling this crisis is to create the impression that the region is crisis-ridden and so does not deserve a fair share of the power equation vein sought for.

“Why I said that there is a cabal-in-chief is because the group responsible for fuelling this crisis under the headship of an individual is known to us and we believe God will expose him very soon,” he said.

Bwacha also alleged that the state was broke, arguing that the trend has resulted in frequent borrowings by the government led by acting Governor Umar.

“To say that the state is broke is speaking the obvious because you cannot go and borrow when you have money. And for the past few months, no month that passes without the state borrowing to pay salaries. Until they get subventions, they borrow to pay salaries and then the state runs into red again. This is quite a pitiful situation that we have found ourselves in. This is why I said we should call for prayers.

“What I am referring to here is that there is no reasonable execution of priorities. There is a rush to empty the state treasury so as to probably use the funds for the purposes of politics in 2015. Otherwise, why all these borrowings at this time of the history of the State?” he queried.

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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

Governor Wike

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

Bello Matawalle

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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