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Nigeria Loses N4trn To Illegal Mining Annually – Senate

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The Senate on Thursday said the country was losing about N4 trillion to illegal mining activities annually.

It, therefore, ordered its Committee on Solid Minerals during plenary to carry out the investigation into the issue, noting that the development was worrisome, especially with current low performance of the oil sector.

The Senate also directed the Inspector-General of Police and other law enforcement agencies to live up to their responsibilities, particularly, by arresting and prosecuting illegal miners. It urged the executive at the federal, state and the local government levels to take concrete steps to end illegal mining activities.

These came following a motion by Sen. Duro Faseyi (PDP Ekiti North), seeking an end to illegal mining in the country.

Faseyi drew the attention of the senate to the “worrisome and unlawful plundering” of the nation’s solid minerals sector by local and foreign illegal miners, especially at a time the country’s economy is plundering.

He claimed that illegal mining had resulted in the loss of over N8 trillion by the nation “every two years”.

In his contribution, Sen. Lanre Tejuoso (APC Ogun Central) pointed out that the solid minerals sector was not as successful as the petroleum sector in terms of revenue generation.

He blamed the situation on Federal Government’s monopoly on the returns from solid minerals “unlike the liberality enjoyed by the oil sector in terms of control of its revenue”.

Tejuoso suggested that the senate should make laws to empower state governments to have jurisdiction to harness solid minerals for more productive exploitation.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, in his remarks, said that government would do everything within its powers to tackle the challenges in the mining sector.

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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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Police Confirm Abduction Of Nasarawa APC Chairman

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Police Confirm Abduction Of Nasarawa APC Chairman

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The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nasarawa State, Philip Shekwor, has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen.

According to reports, Shekwor was abducted on Saturday night at his residence along Dunamis church, Bukan Sidi in Lafia.

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Confirming the incident, Police Commissioner Bola Longe said the unidentified gunmen in large number stormed the residence of the APC chairman in Lafia around 11 pm and took him away to an unknown destination.

According to him, security agencies had reacted swiftly by deploying personnel to different forest locations to ensure the safe release of the APC chieftain.

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