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Borno Assembly Debunks Report Of EFCC ‘Seal Off’

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The Borno State House of Assembly has on Wednesday denied reports that its premises was sealed off by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over a purported N600 billion scam.

It was reported that members of the Borno Assembly fled when the EFCC operatives stormed the premises while the state APC chairman, Ali Dalori, was placed under house arrest.

But in a statement issued by its spokesman, Mustapha Alibe, the Borno House of Assembly said the story “was baseless and only reflects the deepest depth of yellow journalism ever witnessed in Nigeria”.

The statement read: “What actually happened was that a delegation of the House of Representatives Committee on Army visited Borno State on an assessment tour and visited the House of Assembly and the Governor’s Office as part of the tour to determine the level of rehabilitation work going on.

“The security men in the entourage cordoned off the road leading to the House of Assembly to guarantee the safety of the visitors-this was misinterpreted to mean the sealing off of the premises.

“It is unfortunate that while the three arms of the Borno State Government are working assiduously to bring succor to the troubled state, some disgruntled elements could be engaging in myopic and jaundiced yellow journalism to discredit the achievements recorded so far.

“With massive investments in the rehabilitation of Borno State and its people, one is left in no doubt that there is no way N600 billion could have been misappropriated in the state, whose revenue allocation is nowhere near this figure, needless to say that it is near impossible to collect internally generated revenue in a state that had been thrown into turmoil since 2009”.

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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

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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