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5 Years after Chibok Attack: Zulum Orders Rehabilitation Of School Where Girls Were Abducted By Boko-Haram.

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… Zulum shares N11m to 83 attacked families, inspects projects

Borno Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum was in Chibok on Monday, during which he assessed and ordered the immediate rehabilitation of Government Secondary School, Chibok where more than 200 schoolgirls were abducted by Boko Haram on April 14, 2014.

Although the defunct presidential committee on northeast intervention, PCNI, had done some work in the school, majority of roofs were blown off when Zulum visited.

Zulum’s directive is coming five years after then minister of finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala in March 2015, secretly flew into Chibok and laid foundation for the construction of a new school of international standard to replace the vandalized school. The federal government under Jonathan had by then initiated the project without involving the state government.

When Zulum visited the school alongside stakeholders and community leaders in Chibok, nothing had been done as the school remained what it was since the day it was attacked by Boko Haram.

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“ I hereby direct the ministry of education to deploy a team of experts to assess the entire school and come up with a design and costing so that I can approve the immediate reconstruction and remodeling of this school. We will also ensure that the school is allocated adequate teachers, already I have given a directive for recruitment of more teachers both on permanent and ad-hoc staffing that will include volunteer teachers. Of course, before allocation of teachers, the reconstruction will involve the provision of all components of learning materials including functional laboratory for sciences. When I return here next time, I want to see a completely different scene” Zulum said.

More than 200 schoolgirls writing WAEC exams were abducted by Boko Haram. 219 of them were declared missing 57 escaped from their abductees days into the abduction. Of the missing 219 girls, one of them, Amina Ali was found in May 2016.

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In October 2016, 21 of the girls were released by the insurgents through negotiations, while another 82 were freed through negotiation in May 2017. The Nigerian military at different times rescued two girls, making around 106, the number of the girls freed while more 100 have remained in captivity with their fate unknown.

Governor shares N11m to 83 families, inspects projects

Meanwhile, while in Chibok, Governor Babagana Umara Zulum sympathized with 83 families affected by Boko Haram attack in Takulashi, a community in the local government, and directed immediate release of N11m as social protection for them.

“What happened in Takulashi is very unfortunate, we share your pains and we all believe that nothing can equal the value of a single life. However, I will present token to support the 83 families affected” Zulum said.

12 family members of those who lost their lives during the attack received N300,000 each, 53 people whose houses were burnt down received N100,000 each while families of 9 persons also affected by the terrorist attack received N100,000 each. Another five persons who sustained various degree of injuries received N150,000 each while 4 families also received N150,000 each.

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Aside that social support, Zulum inspected a community water project in Mboa about 5km away from Chibok town.

Mboa water project is designed with 750,000 liters surface tank with water sources from 10 deep aquifer boreholes each with 500,000 liters overhead tank. The project which is expected to be completed in 2021 is expected to solve perennial water scarcity bedeviling Chibok town and other communities around.

The Governor also inspected an ongoing Damboa – Chibok road project. Governor Zulum engages the engineers and charged them to ensure qualitative work.

“The road between Damboa and Chibok has been ongoing for quite some time, I am here to supervise ahead of our target for completion by next year, 2021 insha Allah” Zulum said.

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Again, Kogi Solid Minerals Commissioner Conferred ‘Security Conscious Excellence Award’ Over His Fight Against Insecurity

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Kogi LG youth ably led by councilor representing Gegu South at the Council Hon. Abdulmumuni Ojallah Chiri presenting award to their leader, benefactor and Commissioner for Solid Minerals and Natural Resources, Hon. Engineer Bashir Gegu
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Again, Kogi Solid Minerals Commissioner Conferred ‘Security Conscious Excellence Award’ Over His Fight Against Insecurity.

Yahaya Idris, Lokoja.

Honourable (Engineer) High Chief Abubakar Bashir Gegu, a well-known Humanitarian, Philanthropist, Commissioner for Solid Minerals and, Natural resources in Kogi State has been conferred ‘Security Conscious Excellence Award’ at his office, Ministry for Solid Minerals and natural resources Lokoja, Kogi State.

Engineer Bashir Gegu and his political ally who double as Councilor representing Gegu South Ward

Engineer Bashir Gegu and his political ally who double as Councilor representing Gegu South Ward

The award was Organized by Youths of Gegu in Zone C of Kogi local government under the sponsorship of Hon. Abdulmumuni Muhammed Ojallah (Chiri) councilor representing Gegu South ward, the group said the Commissioner was selected for the award for his excellence performance in securing the lives and property of his people, splendid achievement and outstanding contribution towards the innovative development in the area.

The award was handed over to Engr. Abubakar Bashir Gegu, Commissioner for Solid Minerals and natural resources by Comr. Abubakar Usman Babohi, Assistant Secretary, Koton-Karfe Development Association (KADU) for an on behalf of the entire populace of their domain.

Babohi said the Commissioner has over the years shown capacity, commitment and has been advocating for robust security approach in the area specifically nip in the bud inline with cardinal principle of the present administration led by Governor Yahaya Adoza Bello, the award winning security conscious Governor in Nigeria.

Engineer Bashir Gegu praying God for success of Governor Yahaya Adoza Bello's Administration

Engineer Bashir Gegu praying God for success of Governor Yahaya Adoza Bello’s Administration

Babohi states in quotes: “On this singular occasion, we’re here to present an ward in recognition of your activeness, participation, commitment and courage towards nip in the bud security challenges in the area, particularly Gegu Beki South ward and environ.”

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“We are equally here on behalf of entire people of Kogi LG ably led by our own leader and councilor representing Gegu Beki South ward, Hon. Abdulmumuni Ojallah Chiri to present an award of credence and excellence especially for your recent performance in the fight against insecurity in the area.” Babohi said.

Also speaking during the event, the councilor representing the good people of Gegu South, Hon. Abdulmumuni Ojallah Chiri, told the Commissioner that their people has collectively mandated him to organize a reception to honour their leader and Commissioner for solid Minerals and Natural resources, Engineer Abubakar Bashir Gegu for his open fight against insecurity in the area.

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According to Chiri, the people of the area now sleep with their two eyes close following the recent onslaught to the Kidnappers den in the forest by Engineer Bashir Gegu and his brother, Hon. Rilwan Bala Ette with support of hunters and vigilante officers abd therefore leading to a successful operation ever in history of the council.

Chiri while congratulating Engineer Bashir Gegu for his conferment, described him as a detribalised Honcho political leader whose interest is always on how to develop and take Kogi LG to the promise land.

He commended the people of Kogi LG for placing their trust in their leaders and assured of more dividends. He said.

In his welcome addressed, the Hon. Commissioner for solid Minerals and natural resources, Engineer Bashir Gegu, made a very serious observation that the award may not be possible without recognizing his benefactor and Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello for his tireless efforts in curbing insecurity in the country.

The youth friendly and accessible Commissioner explained that Kogi is bordering 10 states of the federation which shows such commitment is as same as curbing insecurity challenges in the entire nation.

Engineer Bashir Gegu and his supporters celebrating his most recent honour Conferred on him by Gegu Youths at his office.

Engineer Bashir Gegu and his supporters celebrating his most recent honour Conferred on him by Gegu Youths at his office.

The Commissioner took them along memory lane over unfortunate incident which occurred on one Mr. Chucks, a business mogul who was killed along Kogi/Abuja road by these daredevils.

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He said the Governor has made security of lives and properties as his 1st agenda and hence to reciprocate such gesture.

He thanked the youth of Kogi LG particular that of Kogi and entire zone C for finding him worthy for this honour, saying it would spur him to do more.

“I’m delighted to receive this prestigious award. This is an award not only for me but recognition of our team’s collective hard work towards achieving excellence in development’ education, security, health”, said Engineer Bashir Gegu.

Global Times Nigeria report that the occasion held inside the office of the Hon. Commissioner with representatives from various wards in attendance.

Highlight of event presentation of awards of excellence and credence to Hon. Commissioner for solid Minerals and natural resources, friends, well-wishers and political associates of the Commissioner were present during the most attended event.

Kogi LG youth ably led by councilor representing Gegu South at the Council Hon. Abdulmumuni Ojallah Chiri presenting award to their leader, benefactor and Commissioner for Solid Minerals and Natural Resources, Hon. Engineer Bashir Gegu

Kogi LG youth ably led by councilor representing Gegu South at the Council Hon. Abdulmumuni Ojallah Chiri presenting award to their leader, benefactor and Commissioner for Solid Minerals and Natural Resources, Hon. Engineer Bashir Gegu

Those in attendance include, Comr. Abubakar Usman Babohi, KADU Assistant Public Relations Officer, Comr. Mohammed Ohikwo, Comr. Musa NASS, Kutepa (Dan Talba Daudu Of Girinya), Comr. M.J Muhammed KKF.

Others include, Hashim Halidu Gegu, Yusuf Yabaya, Umar Moses and many others.

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June 12: Kogi Police Command ensures Free Movement Of Persons, Goods, Businesses In Kogi

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June 12: Kogi police command ensures free movement of persons, goods, businesses in Kogi

Idris Ahmed, Lokoja. 

Despite rumours by some dubious persons that citizens movement has been restricted on the June 12 day of celebrating democracy, residents of Kogi state went about their normal businesses following assurance by police of protecting lives and property.

Commissioner of Police in Kogi state, Ayuba Ekpeji Ede, advised the people of the state to disregard the rumours being peddled by some persons he described as unscrupulous elements.

“People should disregard the rumours and go about their normal businesses. It is figment of imagination of some criminal elements who were hoping to use the occasion to create tension among the peace loving people of the state.

The State Commissioner of Police, Ede Ayuba Ekpeji (PSC)

The State Commissioner of Police, Ede Ayuba Ekpeji (PSC)

“The police is very ready to combat any body or group of trouble makers that decide to cause confusion in the state. We are prepared for them as no culprit will be spared no matter how highly placed.”The Police boss told our correspondent.

Rumours filtered in to Lokoja, the state capital, that movement of persons have been restricted and that a sit at home order was imposed for June 12, forcing market men and women to remain at home, until the police refuted the rumour and gave assurance of protection of people and their property.

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However, later in the day businesses bounced back as shops were opened and commercial vehicles and motorcycles resumed their operations in molested

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Legal Framework Ongoing To Deepen, Strengthen NATFORCE Operation In Nigeria – DG. Baba Mohammed Declared

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Legal Framework Ongoing To Deepen, Strengthen NATFORCE Operation In Nigeria – DG. Baba Mohammed Declared

In a bid to ensure all processes leading to smooth operation of the National Taskforce on illegal Arms, Ammunition’s and Light Weapons, Director General of the agency, Dr. Baba Mohammed has explained that the legal framework of the agency is undergoing processes at the parliament in order to deepen their activities.

According to DG NATFORCE, the challenge of inflow of illegal weapons into the country was obvious which calls for an agency like NATFORCE specifically saddled with the responsibility of going after carriers of illegal weapons and transnational gun runners.

Dr. Mohammed spoke at an award event on Thursday in Abuja, saying the agency was more than ready to ensure that there was control of illegal importation of arms and ammunition and light weapons into the country with a view to ensuring there is peace.

Director General of NATFORCE, Dr. Baba Mohammed

Director General of NATFORCE, Dr. Baba Mohammed

He was reacting to the earlier speech of the Secretary General of Commonwealth Society, Prince Musa Abutu, who stressed that the Commonwealth has observed the agency’s effort at tackling gun runners with the short time, the DG mounted the saddle.

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Dr Baba thanked God almighty for making such an auspicious day possible, saying, “as you are all aware, the commonwealth society of Nigeria like other member countries is actually committed to ensuring that there is peace all over the world.

“And that, the award, goes to confirm also that from their own studies, from my own antecedent and what we have been doing in the past and what we promise to do going forward in life and through this agency (National Taskforce of Nigeria) that I provide leadership at the moment as the Director General, I am out to ensure that we control illegal importation of arms and ammunition and light weapons into the country with a view to ensuring there is peace.”

He further added that, the award goes to confirm that, the group have “endorsed what Mr President is out to do in this country; to eliminate illegal arms, light weapons and ammunition into this country.”

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The DG added dispelled fears that NATFORCE was out to take the job of an agency in this country noting his agency would rather complement other agencies of government.

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“We exist to fill the gaps that have been identified today as far as illegal arms and ammunition is concerned.

He added that the role of the agency is supportive and that the agency has been collaborating with other sister agencies.

The DG stated that, ECOWAS is fully in support of the agency but that, they need legal and regulatory framework design for them to continue their work which is why they had to approach the National Assembly to pass the NATFORCE bill and has passed through second reading.

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In his closing remarks, the DG tasked Nigerians to always do the right thing and promised that, under his leadership, a penny wouldn’t be taken from any Nigerian which service the agency wish to engage.

As they strive to mop up arms, he said, the agency would be strictly professional while asking merchants of illegal weapons to think twice henceforth.

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