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Gov Yari Seeks Refund Of N13bn Security Expenses From FG

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The Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, on Sunday asked the Federal Government to refund N13 billion his government has incurred on fighting cattle rustling and armed banditry in the state since 2011.

Mr. Yari made the request while conducting the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan Ali, on an inspection of weapons collected from bandits recently in the state.

The governor said since assuming office in 2011, his administration has been spending heavily on fighting the menace of banditry.

Mr. Yari, who is the chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, said since the Constitution of Nigeria stipulates that security is the responsibility of the federal government, resources committed to fighting insecurity by states should be refunded to enable the states concentrate on execution of developmental projects.

According to a statement by the governor’s spokesperson, Ibrahim Dosara, many bandits had surrendered their weapons since the state government set up a peace negotiation committee in the state.

“Peace is now being enjoyed in the state, following successful peace negotiations with the bandits,” Mr. Yari said.

The governor called for a regional forum for checking the proliferation of arms within the West African sub-region to ensure a safer West Africa.

Responding, the Minister expressed delight at the success recorded by the government of Zamfara state in the peace process.

He commended the governor for the efforts in the collection of arms and promised to support the state government in the maintenance of law and order in the state.

The Minister who said security is everybody’s business, also said the Federal Government has set up an Air Force base in the state as part of its contributions to the fight against bandits in the state.

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Nigeria Ranks Third On Global Terrorism Index Despite Drop In Deaths – Report

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Nigeria Ranks Third On Global Terrorism Index Despite Drop In Deaths – Report

Boko Haram

Nigeria has been ranked as the third most terrorized country in the world according to a 2020 report by the Global Terrorism Index (GTI).

The report which was released on Wednesday, ranked Nigeria third only behind war-torn countries of Afghanistan and Iraq.

According to the GTI report, Nigeria witnessed an increase in Boko Haram attacks in the period under review, witnessing her worst terrorist attack in 2019 in northeastern Borno State, where at least 70 people were killed and 10 others wounded when insurgents attacked at a funeral.

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“Over the past year, Boko Haram increased attacks on military targets, with deaths rising from 26 in 2018 to 148 in 2019,” the report said.

However, the report recognized that terror-related incidents in the country fell by 27% in the same period due to a significant reduction in violence attributed to killer herdsmen.

“This reduction occurred despite a small increase in deaths attributed to Boko Haram, which has been the most active terrorist group in the country over the past decade. Deaths from terrorism in Nigeria are now 83 percent lower than at
their peak in 2014.”

 

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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.

Also Read: Gunmen Evict NIDCOM Staff From Office On Minister’s Order

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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