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Kogi Govt Places Cashew On Anchor Borrower Scheme

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Idris Ahmed, Lokoja

“Kogi State Government Has Proposed To Place Cashew Production On The Anchor Borrower Scheme To Boost Massive Production Of High Quality Nuts For Export”.

The state Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr David Apeh disclosed this  when the Executive Council members of National Cashew Association of Nigeria (NCAN) and stakeholders in cashew value chain paid him a courtesy call on Monday in Lokoja.

According to the Commissioner, “Kogi has comparative advantage in the production of cashew nuts as it currently produces 54 per cent of Nigeria’s total cashew production of about 200,000 tons while other states together, produce 46 per cent.”, the Commissioner said.

Hon. Ape  said in view of the mass production of the produce in the state, there was need for the state government to intervene and ensure the listing of cashew as one of the crops to benefit from the Anchor Borrowers Scheme which currently supports rice farming.

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“With the Anchor Borrowers intervention, issues of fertilizers, even credit facilities will be addressed because under Anchor Borrowers scheme, farmers have money for labour and a lot of other things”, he said.

He promised to look into issue of  timely distribution of fertilizers with other inputs and nutrients as well as distribution of hybrid seeds to the farmers.

Alhaji Ibrahim Siaka (Duche), state chairman of the NCAN said the Association was solidly behind the government to ensure that its policies and programmes in the agriculture sector were not sabotaged.

He also sought the state government’s assistance in the provision of improved seedlings, storage (warehousing), logistics, vehicles for Cashew Task Force to monitor and discourage influx of low quality nuts into the state.

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The Chairman also appealed to the  government to  intervene on issues of double taxation and exploitation by  agencies, “invisible market” sale of wet nuts and mechanisation of the farming processes.

“Our major problem is the quality of our cashew seedlings. We produce a total of about 200,000 tons of cashew in Nigeria and it happens that Kogi produces 54 per cent of the cashew and the remaining 46 per cent is left for other states.

“But we are not the major beneficiaries of cashew. Cote d’Ivoire is a small country but produces 800,000 tons and the quality of their cashew is better than ours.

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“Cote d’Ivoire was able to attain the 800,000 tons because they are into mechanised farming but here in Nigeria we don’t have a single machine for farming.

“Cashew has something called Kernel Output Ratio (KOR). Our own kernel is good but our size of cashew is not jumbo. We need the jumbo size because it sells better at the international market”, he said.

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Buhari Eulogises Zulum Over Selfless Style Of Leadership In Borno

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday paid tribute to Governor Babagana Umara Zulum for his style of leadership in Borno State.

Buhari’s commendation was delivered by Minister of state for agriculture, Mustapha Baba Shehuri while addressing Borno stakeholders at the multi purpose hall of the government house in Maiduguri.

“Mr. President specifically acknowledged the examplary, unique and selfless style of leadership stride you displayed in the distribution of Covid-19 palliatives, direct cash transfer/empowerment, construction of houses for the internally displaced persons, their return to their respective places of origin with dignity while vigorously pursuing the reconstruction, rehabilitation and resettlement of their livelihood; the construction of houses for civil servants, and rehabilitation of schools, the employment of 776 new teachers to join Borno Secondary schools in three (3) weeks.”

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“The ongoing civil service reforms; N23. 5 million support for the bereaved families of 47 fallen soldiers killed by Boko Haram, the donation of N20 million and a house to the family of Late Col. Dahiru Chiroma Bako and the provision of 65 million to 8,000 widows and other people in critical needs as a result Boko Haram’s unholy activities in Rann had all marvelled Mr. President. No wonder you were named Nigerian Muslim personality of the year 2019.” The minster said.

Governor Babagana Umara Zulum

The minster was in Maiduguri on President Buhari’s directives to all members of the Federal Executive Council to meet with stakeholders in their respective states in bringing lasting peace.

In his address, Governor Babagana Umara Zulum commended the youth in Borno for the restrain shown by not partaking in a protest in view of the relative peace the state is now enjoying.

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“Let me specifically appreciate the restrain shown by the youth in Borno, we are known for obedience to constituted authority and peace and therefore all stakeholders should realize that attack onn one is attack on all. Every section of the society must use constitutional means to express their political or social grievances and not to resort to violence.” Zulum said.

The Governor also warned that Borno has already gone through enough to contain another crisis.

“Borno has passed through the worst humanitarian disaster even in the recent history of our state and we should not allow any section of the State to take advantage of the current situation in the country to exacerbate the security conditions as we are now witnessing great improvement in view of several efforts made by both the federal and state government to end insurgency.” Zulum said.

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The Governor also noted that peaceful protest is an undeniable constitutional rights of citizens to express their grievances, however, people should not resort to destruction of lives and properties and should always imbibe dialogue as means and ways of settling disputes.

Governor Zulum also appreciates President Buhari’s tireless efforts for using all available means to end the insurgency and for sending a cabinet member to meet with all stakeholders in their states with a view to calming the security situation in the country as a result of the EndSARS protest.

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DCP Abba Kyari Accused Of Extortion, Says Blackmailing His Person Won’t Stop Him From Fighting Crime

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Abba Kyari, a serving Nigerian Inspector General of Police’s Intelligence Response Team Leader and deputy commissioner of police, also a member of International Association of Chiefs of Police has been accused of extorting over N41 million from one Mr. Afeez Mojeed who claimed to be a Lagos-based businessman.

Mojeed claimed this extortion took place in 2014 when Kyari was officer in charge of the now disbanded special anti-robbery squad (SARS) in Lagos.

Response from Barr Hamza Nuhu on the blackmail attempt on DCP Abba Kyari by a yet to be convicted fraudster Afeez Mojeed who was earlier charged to court.

In his petition against DCP Abba Kyari, Mojeed had alleged among other accusations that Kyari had forced him to sign off on the withdrawal of 41 million naira from him, taken away his SUV car and other personal effects while he was detained for fifteen days.

It is curious that Mojeed who claimed that he was eventually set free by the court did not in anywhere in the petition state the crime he was arrested for.

A quick investigation by this medium revealed that the accused fraudster, Afeez Mojeed defrauded 94 million Naira from a victim. He was arrested 6 years ago and 41 million Naira was recovered from the proceeds of the crime which he voluntarily paid the victim (Owner of the money) back directly through the victim’s account and also he confessed on video and in written format that he bought Honda Accord 2008 Model and 7 million Naira Landed property from the 94 million Naira he defrauded and that he has squandered the remaining 31 million Naira on hotels and girlfriends.

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Furthermore, he submitted the car and land documents which was registered as exhibit before he was charged to court and after some years he was discharged not acquitted from court because the complainant was not coming to court as most Nigerians do.

The land document and car that were registered as exhibit are still kept with the exhibit keeper in Lagos State.

According to our source, the yet to be convicted fraudster will be re-arrested and charge to court again as he was not acquitted by the court of law also the complainant has assured the Police that he is in Nigeria now and he is ready to be attending the court process until his case is concluded this time around because he said he will not leave his balance of 31 million Naira to the said fraudster.

Mr. Mojeed was arrested in 2014 on accusation of defrauding a Nigerian Businessman based abroad of almost a hundred million naira. When he was arrested by the them special anti robbery squad (SARS), he was said to have paid some part of the money directly to the account of the man he defrauded even before he was charged to court and that is the money he is now claiming Kyari forcefully took from him.

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Further investigation into these allegations revealed that the SUV car Mojeed accused Kyari to have personally taken from him was seized and had been at the Police exhibit garage at Ikeja Lagos till date.

Anybody who had followed Abba Kyari impeccable and unsullied record of integrity and incorrigible track record will readily tell you that Abba Kyari’s tenure as the OC SARS Lagos Police Command was one of the brightest era of crime fighting in the history of policing in Lagos State and Nigeria in general.

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DCP Abba Kyari’s outstanding performance during this period earned him over three Governor Commendation Awards, several consecutive Inspector General of Police Commendation Awards, Crime Reporters Association of Nigeria CRAN Star Awards for Gallantry and Impeccable Service among countless awards by Civil Society and media Organizations.

Consequently, any attempt to tarnish the image of this Nigerian Super Cop who in some quarters has gained an heroic stature for his service to his fatherland will be an exercise in futility.

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Nigerians should also be alert and be on the lookout for more of these spurious and unsubstantiated allegations by vengeful suspects and other shady characters who will want to take advantage of current developments to take their pound of flesh from police officers who had brought them to face the consequences of their criminal actions and deeds.

With 50k now a Lawyer can write Pettition for you based on any false allegations you make without prove against anybody and you can leak it to the media and if the person in question have a name or he is known In the country it will sell. But legal actions will always be taken because suspects like this has to serve as deterrents to others Barr. Nuhu pointed out.

If it’s true that somebody defrauded him of 41 million Naira, what is he doing for the past six years, Why didn’t he go to the ICPC, EfCC or Court as he also mentioned.

Meanwhile, some Human Right Lawyers have declared on their own that they will sue the fraudster for defamation of character this friday.

 

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Ebira Builders Association, Ganaja Junction Seek Support For their Well-being

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Ebira Builders Association has called for more support for his Excellency, Gov. Bello’s Adminstration towards giving the dividends of democracy to the people.

The people who made this call while receiving The former SSA to the Governor on Alternative Medicine, Hon. Mustapha Onoruoyiza, stated that since the inception of this present Adminstration of Gov. Bello, they have been working tirelessly in ensuring conducive atmosphere and proper conduct in an orderly way, hence their existence so far in Lokoja reflect where they came from, which is the more reason why it should be guided with positivity.

While speaking, the elder stateman of the Association, Elder. Ibrahim Bello prayed for Gov. Bello, calling on all the sundry to usher in their support for the new direction Government.

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The Secretary of the association, AbdulKareem Ibrahim Omeiza, on behalf of the group congratulated his Excellency over his supreme court Victory in the last gubernatorial election, he further stated their role in the last election, and immeasurable contributions to the victory recorded in the November 16 Gubernatorial election.

Speaking further, he highlighted some challenges being faced while striving to get their daily bread, despite their active participation in the last election, according to him, there are graduates from different higher institute of learning, skilled labourers, unskilled ones, as well as other workers under building and construction.

In reaction, The former SSA to Governor Bello on Alternative Medicine, Hon. Mustapha Onoruoyiza, thanked them for their support, patience and resilience, which has so far been demonstrated , he also assured the people of government’s readiness to put total stop to their suffering.

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” The Government has measures which set aside to empower you with a benefiting and standard equipment to ease the stress, as you all know that, His Excellency’s victory has just been affirmed and I can promise you that your welfare is part of his second term administration agenda” he concluded

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