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Why FG Must Collaborate With Amotekun, Local Hunters – Monarch

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The Olu Orile Kemta in Ogun State, Oba Adetokunbo Tejuosho, has appealed to the Federal Government to synergise with Amotekun operatives, local hunters and vigilante to arrest the worrisome trend of abductions in the South West.

The trend, he said, will be nipped in the bud if the Federal Government strategises with local security architecture.

Tejuosho, in a statement following the rescue of two female students of Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU) Ayetoro campus on Wednesday, condemned kidnapping as a virulent crime that must be fought with all the forces available to government.

He commended Governor Dapo Abiodun, police authorities and security agencies for the rescue of the students, who he admitted have gone through “trauma at an intense unimaginable mental and physical anguish.”

While stating the rescue was cheery, he tasked the Federal Government to prevent escalation of the trend in the South West.

According to him: “It is pertinent to take into cognizance that while basking in the euphoria of the release of the students, government at all level the Local, State and at federal must enhance the security by synergising with local agencies (OPC, AMOTEKUN, VIGILANTEE GROUP EVEN WITH THE LOCAL HUNTERS) and citizens for improved security.

“Let me describe this act of those kidnappers as evil and profoundly immoral which should not be tolerated anywhere in our community especially Yoruba land.

“Kidnapping is a serious crime and has potential for transforming into other felonious offenses, such as physical violence, financial victimization and murder.

“It has remained the most virulent and pervasive with intractable violent in our once safe society, any form of banditry should not be allowed and perpetrators should be brought to face the wrath of the law.

“Nowhere is safe anymore, we live in fear day in day out, government should be able to guarantee the safety of its citizens, there should be improved capacity and morale for our security personnel, provision of basic working gadgets and tools to motivate them should be paramount.

“Poor funding in the police formation is also one of the things impeding their movement and commitment towards their duties.

“Security is everybody’s business and as such all hands must come on the deck, any strange or suspicious movement of vehicular or human should immediately be accosted, questioned and reported to appropriate channels.

“Community heads, royal fathers, traditional rulers and every individual should take security and surveillance very important these days.”

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Some Of IPOB’s Grievances Are Valid. They Should Be Addressed Squarely – Gov Ikpeazu

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The governor of Abia state, Okezie Ikpeazu, says some of the grievances of the proscribed Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) are valid and need to be addressed squarely.

Some of IPOB?s grievances are valid. They should be addressed squarely - Gov Ikpeazu

The group has over the years accused successive Nigerian governments of marginalizing the South East region and have called for the creation of the Biafran nation.

 

Speaking on Arise TV on Tuesday, April 12, Ikpeazu said some of the “issues raised” by IPOB should be addressed as they are valid.

 

In his words

 

“I have taken my time to listen to some of these issues raised by IPOB: issues about injustice, issues of marginalisation, issues of trust deficits within the polity called Nigeria as it concerns people from south-eastern Nigeria. And I think some of those are valid issues and they should be addressed and spoken to. They should be addressed squarely. So that everybody and those of us that are in government today can have a foothold within the southeast region to continue to promote the unity of Nigeria.

I do not subscribe to the strategy of IPOB in pursuing their goals. And the reason is because I’m yet to see the end of the tunnel from where I’m standing and I do not like to take a plunge in the dark. We must engage and discuss the issue which is bothering them and everybody and we can’t continue to pretend as if these issues are not valid.

Equal rights and justice is an indelible right of all citizens and if through impunity and carelessness we allow a group of people to begin to feel like they’re not rightly represented within the polity, it creates a lacuna where people are no longer confident in the government to protect them and take care of their interest within the polity. There’s bound to be agitation one way or another. Some of these reactions may extrapolate to levels that may undermine national convention and unity.”

 

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EFCC Arrests Former Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha

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Former Imo state governor cum Senator, Rochas Okorocha, has reportedly been arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC.

 

Officials of the Commission laid siege to the former Governor’s private office at Nkwerre Street in the Garki area of Abuja and picked him up shortly after he returned from a trip today April 13.

 

EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, who confirmed the arrest to the Nation but did not give reasons for the action.

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Governor Sule Swears In Nasarawa’s First Female Chief Judge

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Justice Aisha Bashir-Aliyu was on Tuesday, April 13, sworn in as the first female Chief Judge of Nasarawa state.

 

Bashir-Aliyu was sworn in by Governor Abdullahi Sule after her confirmation by the Nigeria Judicial Council and screening by the State House of Assembly.

 

Prior to this, she had worked as an acting Chief Judge for three months. Governor Sule in his speech at the event asked the new Chief Judge to see her appointment as a litmus test, urging her to bring her wealth of experience to bear in the discharge of her onerous task.

 

Sule said;

 

“As a Chief Judge you must realise that this is a call to serve the people and in carrying out your duties, I urge you to let the fear of God and public interest take precedence over personal preferences and inclination.”

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