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Notorious Highway Robbery And Kidnap Gang Smashed In Kogi, 4 Killed, 4 Arrested And, 4 AK 47 Rifles Recovered

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By Idris Ahmed, Lokoja

Four gunmen, members of a notorious highway robbery and kidnap gang that have been terrorising Lokoja – Abuja road, were on Tuesday gunned down, while four others were arrested and handed over to the Police.

According to the Police, four AK 47 rifles and several rounds of ammunition were recovered from the bandits in a gun duel with a team of local vigilante (Civilian JTF) in Kogi local government area of Kogi state.

Reacting to the successful operation by the Vigilante team , Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello commended the effort of Security Operatives in the state in combating crimes on the highways.

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The Governor eulogized the security personnel for their gallantry in foiling the daring antics of undesirable elements on the Lokoja-Gegu-Abaji road who took to the highway to attack travellers. He described the dexterity of the combined security architecture as brave and sacrificial.

The Governor who made this known to newsmen said he was aware of positive impact of community policing, and that was the reason his administration embarked on the recruitment and training of 6,000 vigilantes in 2017 for community policing, noting that such initiative has yielded tremendous result.

“Our investments in community policing by involving the people to police their community is now yielding very positive outcome, and to sustain this gain, more of this initiative will be our lot as we strive to rid our state of crimes’.

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The Governor, said he will not surrender in the war his administration has wagged against insecurity until all criminal elements in the state and those who come into the state to foment crimes are flushed out.

He reiterated his administration commitment to continue to support all security agencies in the state to enhance their operations.

Leader of the Vigilante explained that they accosted the bandits at their regular spot for operations between Manyere and Achabo villages on the busy Lokoja __ Abuja highway.

He said the suspects have been terrorising travellers, and locals in the area for a long time now. “They have kidnapped dozens of the people between Nasarawa and Kogi states as well as the Federal Capital Territory FCT Abuja”.

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“Many innocent people have been killed, millions of naira have been collected as ransoms from victims in these areas of their operations”, the Civilian JTF Commander said.

He called on the Governors of Kogi and other neighbouring states to assist the group financially and vehicles and other necessary working tools to boost their morale.

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Breaking: Labour Suspends Today Planned Strike As FG Reverses Electricity Tariff Hike

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The Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress have suspended the strike scheduled to commence today (Monday).

This followed an agreement reached with the Federal Government at a meeting which started at 8.30pm on Sunday and ended at 2:50am this morning.

After exhaustive deliberations on the issues raised by the labour centres, the meeting agreed to suspend the application of the cost-reflective electricity tariff adjustments for two weeks.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, read the five-page communique signed by the representatives of the government and labour.

The NLC President, Ayuba Wabba; and his Trade Union Congress counterpart, Quadri Olaleye, amongst others signed on behalf of Organised Labour while the Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige; Minister of State Petroleum, Timipre Silva; Minister of State Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN); Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed; and the Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha and others, signed on behalf of the government.

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Olaleye confirmed the development in an interview with The PUNCH on Monday morning.

He said, “Definitely correct. We just left a press conference. We signed a document to suspend the action for two weeks for the government to implement those things that we agreed in the agreement. So, we are suspending for two weeks.

“We don’t need a notice again to re-convene if there is a need to do that.”

The parties agreed to set up a technical committee comprising Ministries, Departments, Agencies, NLC and TUC.

 

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Senator Abbo’s followers Pledge Loyalty To Gov Fintiri

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Some key followers of Sen Ishaku Abbo of Adamawa North District have declared a shifting of loyalty to Governor Ahmadu Fintiri.

Although, Abbo is in the same Peoples Democratic Party ((PDP) with the state governor, Abbo has been a critic of both the party and the governor, waging an unending battle against both.

In an action indicating disaffection against him by some within his own support base on Friday, however, many among his supporters visited Governor Fintiri, pledging their loyalty to him.

Members of the delegation to the Government House in Yola, led by Abbo Support Group’s former Coordinator, Peter Ishaya Kwache, told Fintiri that he now had their “complete shift of loyalty”.

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Mr. Kwache said they were members of the PDP, who worked to ensure the success of all candidates of the party in the 2019 general election, particularly Abbo, but that they had for a while been at a loss about Abbo’s relentless criticism of the party and the government led by Fintiri.

 

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Water Bill: A Northern Agenda To Righten The Noose On The South – Rep Member

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The Member representing Ughelli North, Ughelli South and Udu federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Francis Waive, has described the Water Resources Bill as a Northern agenda to tighten the noose on the Southern part of the country.

Hon Waive who is a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC from Delta State in a statement, weekend while expressing concerns on the bill, explained that though some provisions in the bill are welcoming and warm, because of the nature of governance and the tendencies to misuse powers in the country, “we cannot at this point in time properly handle this kind of a law without causing more harm than good.”

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According to him, “One will be tempted to ask, what is the intention behind this law? Is it really for the general good of the Nigerian people as it states? How well has the various natural resources been managed for the general good?”

Speaking further, he said: “The oil from the Niger Delta region has not positively impacted the life of the people from the Niger Delta and the one who bears the impact of the exploration activities.

“The various River Basins which are currently under the control of the government, has not been properly managed; instead it has been grossly politicized, how then can the government manage and control all the water bodies in the country.

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“According to public opinion this law is a Northern agenda to further tighten the noose on the South, because obviously the majority of the states from the middle belt down south are surrounded by water. There is also a high resemblance of intentions of some provisions of this act with that of the unsuccessful RUGA bill.

“In my opinion, the bill is of no immediate benefit to the generality of the populace at this point in time, plus we have not developed enough as a country to be able to properly manage all the resources we have to now begin to look at water. Water is the least of our problems as a country.”

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