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Unknown Gunmen Attack Kogi Communities, Kill APC Chairman, Chief Imam and 20 Others, Injured Policemen

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Kogi LG Administrator, Commissioner of Police, Ohimegye Igu, Condemn Tawari Attacks, Describes The Incidents As Disastrous And Heinous

By Yahaya Idris, Lokoja

An early morning attack on Tawari village in Kogi Local Government Area of Kogi state on Friday by unknown gunmen has left behind 23 persons dead.

Sources from Tawari village revealed that the attackers whom they alleged could be Fulani herdsmen, invaded the village at about 12 am on Friday, shooting sporadically setting houses, and churches ablaze.

Also touched were the only private clinic, Church established by the Missionaries in the Colonial era in 1952 and the official vehicle of the traditional ruler of the area, the Aguma of Tawari, Alhaji Idris Yusuf Tawari among other numerous property.

It was also confirmed that the APC Chairman Tawari ward, Ibrahim Simbabi, and the Chief Imam of the village, Mallam Zakari Salihu were gruesomely murdered during the unexpected attack.

Among those that lost their lives were 20 Bassa Kwomu and 3 Gbagyi men, while several others including some Policemen were reported to have sustained serious injuries and are presently receiving treatment at the Koton Karfe general hospital.

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The Administrator of Kogi local government, Barr. Muhammed Tanko Musa Osuku, who visited the community to access the situation and condole the Traditional Ruler, the Aguma of Tawari, Alhaji Idris Yusuf Tawari described the killings as “wicked, Disastrous and heartless”.

The Administrator who in company of the state Police Commissioner, said that unidentified gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen attacked a Bassa Kwomu community in Tawari and killed over 20 young men aged between 20 and 40 years and above.

Tanko promised the residents that the council would work with relevant security agencies and volunteers to ensure that the perpetrators were arrested and prosecuted.

He directed the immediate evacuation of the survivors to Koton-Karfe Hospital for proper medical care, pledging that the council would settle the bill for the deceased burial.

He advised residents to report their problems to appropriate authority rather than taking the laws into their hands.

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Also, Kogi State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ede Ayuba, appealed to the families of the victims not to take to reprisal, assuring them that efforts were on to apprehend the killers.

Earlier, the Aguma of Tawari, HRH, Alhaji Idris Yusuf Tawari told both the Administrator and Commissioner of Police that the attack was allegedly perpetrated by some Fulani people, adding that the attack started at about 12 midnight in the early hour of today (Friday) leading to gruesome murder of over 20 young men.

The Security agencies incharge of Kogi LG, the Police, SARS, Nigeria Army and civilian joint task force, confirmed the incident and said that they have since commenced full investigation into the matter.

Residents who were lucky to survive the raid, recalled that a year ago there was a problem between the Bassas Kwomu and the Nomads in the area over trespass into farmland, but was said to have been settled on the condition that the farmers will not burn the bush to enable their cattle feed on the grass.

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When Unfortunately some unknown farmers or hunters reneged on the agreement and started burning the bush. The herders were said to have protested an action that did not go down well with farmers and that sparked physical combat that led to the death a young Fulani herdsman.

It was gathered that a truce was reached on condition that there would not be any reprisal or counter attack by both the farmers and herdsmen.

The farmers were said to have suspected strange movements of the Nomads as they were seen moving out of the area unceremoniously. Some didn’t suspect any danger coming as they believe it is the usual nomadic life of migration in search of greener pastures.

With the Friday early morning attack, it downed on them to point accusing finger to the migrated Fulanis, calling on the security agencies and the government to come to their aid.

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Education Development: Nasarawa Assembly passes College of Nursing and Midwifery bill into law.

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Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi
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The Nasarawa State House of Assembly, has passed into law a Bill for a Law for the Establishment of the Nasarawa State College of Nursing and Midwifery, Lafia and for Other Matters Related Thereto.

Rt. Hon Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, the Speaker of the House announced this after Hon Daniel Ogazi, the Deputy Majority Leader moved a motion for the bill to scale third reading during the House proceedings today in Lafia.

The speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly Rt. Hon Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi

The speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly Rt. Hon Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi

Balarabe Abdullahi said that the bill if finally assented to by Gov. Abdullahi Sule would provide a ground for training and continuing education for the existing Nursing and Midwifery manpower.

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” The college will train the needed Nursing and Midwifery manpower to the highest standard in the health sector.

” To promote , through teaching, research and other means , the advancement of knowledge and its practical application to the needs of the state.

” To organize from time to time in service vocational courses for serving nurses ,midwives and other relevant medical and health personnel on hospital and patient management, medical, health computer sciences and technology among other benefits,” he said.

He also said that the bill would boost health manpower development in the state if finally assented to by the governor.

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The speaker directed the clerk of the House to produce a clean coy of the bill for Gov. Sule’s necessary action.

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Earlier,  Hon Daniel Ogazi, the Deputy Majority Leader of the House moved a motion for the passage of the  bill into third reading.

Hon Luka Iliya Zhekaba, the Deputy Minority Leader of the House seconded the motion.

The House unanimously passed the bill into third reading.

Nasarawa Assembly Complex

Nasarawa Assembly Complex

Meanwhile, the House deliberated on report of the House Standing Committee on Works and Transport on a Bill for a Law for the Establishment of the Nasarawa State Infrastructure Maintenance and Haulage Fee and for Other Matters Connected Thereto.

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The speaker slated Monday,  Aug.9, 2021 for the third reading of the bill after Hon Daniel Ogazi, the Deputy Majority Leader of the House moved a motion for the adoption of the report on the bill  which was seconded  by Hon Luka Iliya Zhekaba, the Deputy Minority Leader of the House .

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Why APC Congress Is Being Delayed In FCT – Hon Zakari Angulu Dobi Revealed 

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Hon Zakari Angulu Dobi, speaking with newsmen while Chairman of Abaji Area Council, Hon Abdulrahman Ajiya, right looks on during his visit to the later in his office in Abaji on Monday.
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By Sadiq Abubakar, Abuja.

A former house of representatives member, who represented Abuja South federal constituency, Hon Zakari Angulu Dobi, said the conduct of the party’s All Progressives Congress (APC) ward congresses in the territory, was being delayed to enable all the party’s stakeholders to meet in order to unanimously agreed on one position.

Hon Dobi, a founding leader of APC in the FCT, spoke with newsmen shortly after a closed door’s meeting with the chairman of Abaji area council, Alhaji Abdulrahman Ajiya, when he visited him in his office on Monday.

Chairman of Abaji Area Council, Hon Abdulrahman Ajiya,right with a former house of representatives member for Abuja South federal constituency, Hon Zakari Angulu Dobi, during the laters visit to the chairman in his office on Monday

Chairman of Abaji Area Council, Hon Abdulrahman Ajiya,right with a former house of representatives member for Abuja South federal constituency, Hon Zakari Angulu Dobi, during the laters visit to the chairman in his office on Monday

He said until the party’s stakeholders meet to delibrate extensively to ascertain if there are crisis or factions within the party.

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” But as it is, our thinking is either to go on with the congresses or wait after the council election, as FCT has a different case compare to other states and the difference is such that we are thinking that we don’t want to go into congresses and create problem for the party,”he said.

Hon Zakari Angulu Dobi, speaking with newsmen while Chairman of Abaji Area Council, Hon Abdulrahman Ajiya, right looks on during his visit to the later in his office in Abaji on Monday.

Hon Zakari Angulu Dobi, speaking with newsmen while Chairman of Abaji Area Council, Hon Abdulrahman Ajiya, right looks on during his visit to the later in his office in Abaji on Monday.

He added ” we are also thinking of writing jointly to the national body of the party seeking for a step down of the congresses in FCT, so that after the election, we can now go on with congresses, but that is my personal opinion,” he said.

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Global Times Nigeria report that the APC in the FCT was among some states that did not conduct its wards congresses across the six area councils in the territory, which held last Saturday.

A former house of representatives member, Hon Zakari Angulu Dobi, speaking with newsmen shortly after his visit to the chairman of Abaji Area Council, Hon Abdulrahman Ajiya, right on Monday

A former house of representatives member, Hon Zakari Angulu Dobi, speaking with newsmen shortly after his visit to the chairman of Abaji Area Council, Hon Abdulrahman Ajiya, right on Monday

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Akwa Ibom APC Congress: PDP Youths Mock Akpabio, Says “He’s Been Reduced To A Political Nothing”

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Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio
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A group of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), youths, PDP Youths Congress, PDPYC, has described the treatment meted out to the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Chief Godswill Akpabio, by the APC in Akwa Ibom State, as the beginning of his reward for political harlotry and betrayer of the PDP, a party that gave him everything politically.

On Saturday, angry protesters drawn from the faction loyal to Senator Akpabio had protested at the All Progressives Congress, APC, secretariat in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, seeking the cancellation of the ward congress exercise. They accused the National Caretaker Secretary, Senator John Udoedehe, of “fraudulently manipulating the lists to include only his loyalists as candidates for the wards and chapter congresses.”

Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio

Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio

Reacting, the PDPYC said it was shameful that Senator Akpabio, who, while in PDP, was a highly respected politician but today, is crying over APC ward congress like a rat being pursued by a hungry cat. Shameful!

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In a statement issued in Abuja on Monday by the PDPYC Director of Communications and Mobilization, Comrade Akpan Ibor, the youths said more humiliation still awaits Akpabio in APC, unless he retraced his steps back to PDP and apologise to the party members and supporters.

What happened to Senator Godswill Akpabio is the beginning of the humiliation he will suffer in the APC. More will still come because by 2023, he won’t be able to field himself and any of his loyalists as candidates in APC.

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Imagine a Akpabio, having to organise protest and set born fire at APC secretariat in Uyo over ward congress. Isn’t it shameful?

That is what you get when you engage yourself in political harlotry, moving from your own political mansion to become a tenant in other people’s political boys quarter.

If he had not decamped to APC out of political greed, Akpabio would still have remained in the Senate as the Minority Leader, a position that is more honourable than that of Minister of Niger Delta Affairs that he is holding now.

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As for us in the PDPYC, we don’t pity Akpabio and his likes. We only hope that others will learn from the political misfortune that is befalling him in APC.

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