The House of Representatives has condemned Wednesday’s separate bomb blasts in Abuja and Mubi in Adamawa State, as well as the terror attacks in several villages in Kaduna State.
The condemnation came on the heels of a motion on matters of urgent public importance moved by Honourable Christopher Azuborgu, in which he lamented that the terror activities had made the international community to classify Nigeria as a terror nation.
In the motion Thursday, Rep Azuborgu urged the House to look into the possibility of setting up a Terror Victims Compensation Fund to reduce the effect of the Boko Haram attacks on innocent Nigerians and as well the possible ways to halt the killings of community members in the country, following Monday’s deadly attacks by suspected Fulani herdsmen on communities in Sanga Local Government of Kaduna State.
“The giant of Africa has now become a place where people die and are maimed by the shrapnel from bomb blasts in the morning on their way to work, in the afternoon as they get on with their private businesses as if we were in Baghdad, Damascus, Afghanistan or Lebanon”, he said.
After a thorough debate, the House resolved “to look into the possibility of a Terror Victims Compensation Fund to ensure that those members of our communities who have lost much to the menace of terrorism are at the very least given a helping hand as they try to rebuild their lives and reclaim what they have lost”.
It also agreed “to constitute a delegation to pay condolence visits to those who are in the hospitals and to indicate our willingness to assist them in whatever way we can”.
Meanwhile, the House has called on the Federal Government to immortalise former Director-General of the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and Minister of Information, the late Professor Dora Akunyili, by naming the NAFDAC headquarters after her.
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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