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Niger Delta Youth Leaders To Avengers: Bombing Oil Pipelines Counter-Productive

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MilitantsSome youth leaders in the Niger Delta have called on the Niger Delta Avengers and other militant groups to desist from further attacks on critical oil and gas installations in the region.

The youth leaders were reacting to the Avengers’ decision to pull out of dialogue with the Federal Government, which resulted in the bombing of a crude oil pipeline in Bonny, Rivers State.

The youth leaders, under the aegis of the Grand Council of Niger Delta Youth Leaders, met on Saturday in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, to assess the current situation in the region, after Friday night’s attack in Bonny.

“As much as we agree that the issues being agitated for are salient, and we identify with the genuine agitations of our brothers, we however condemn in totality the ongoing bombing of oil pipelines, as we believe that this is akin to shooting ourselves in the foot as these activities are counter-productive”, the group’s leader, Clement Awakessien, surrounded by more than a hundred youth leaders, told journalists in Uyo.

Mr. Awakessien said the Nigerian economy was already in serious trouble and that so much was needed to revive it and begged the militants to drop their arms and use dialogue to achieve their goals instead.

The group, which said they subscribed to non-violent approach to addressing the Niger Delta problem, also advised the federal government to urgently work on the broken down federal highways in the region, and revive the Delta steel company, Ovwian – aladja.

The youth leaders also called on the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to revisit the new Maritime University at Okorekoko, Delta State, the Olokola Liquefied Natural Gas project, Ondo State, and the Brass LNG, which they said have been abandoned.

“As the economy improves, which we very much believe that your administration is capable of turning the economy from recession to prosperity, we humbly request that your administration open up the Niger Delta by commencing work on the proposed costal road and development of a railway line (Costal corridor) that will run from Lagos to Calabar”, they said to the president.

“This will open up the creeks.

“To open up the creeks have numerous advantages, ranging from easy movement of goods and people, to exposing the world to the tourist potentials of our creeks which will boost the economy and reduce crime generally”.

The youth leaders declared support for President Buhari’s anti-corruption war, and expressed satisfaction in his nominees – Nsima Ekere, Victor Ndoma-Egba, and others – for the Niger Delta Development Commission’s top job.

They asked other youth in the region to give peace a chance, for development to take place.

“Collective good for all can only be achieved through the subjugation of our individual interests and the propagation of positive, general ideals and policies geared towards holistic and overall development. Antagonism and aggression only aids in further eroding our sensibilities and cohesion as an indivisible entity”, they said.

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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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