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Eid-el-Fitri: Gov Bello boycotts Felele eid prayer ground for security reasons

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Eid-el-Fitri: Gov Bello boycotts Felele eid prayer ground for security reasons

Security reports may have prompted Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State to change his plan of observing this year Eid-el Fitri prayer at Felele eid prayer ground where former governors, the Maigeri of Lokoja and other top personalities traditionally observed their prayers during eid-el Fitri.
The governor however worshiped at the Old Stadium prayer ground in the heart of the State capital the action which the National Update gathered may not be unconnected with security reports of any possible civil disobedience.
It was gathered that some elements were bent on fomenting trouble at the prayer ground hence the Governor in his disposition towards ensuring peace reigned in the State decided to heed security advice by opting to pray at the Stadium prayer ground.
The National Update checks revealed that the speaker of the State House of Assembly Rt Hon Imam Umar and several other appointees who had gone ahead of the Governor to the Felele Prayer ground had to make a detour when they were informed of the development.
They had to rush back to the stadium prayer ground in the heart of Lokoja which accounted for their lateness as the Speaker had to observe his prayer along the road to the stadium because of the crowd.
The Stadium prayer ground which was heavily manned by security had a drone hovering over the faithful for complimentary security checks.
However the traditional institution led by the Alhaji Muhammad Kabiru Maikarifi 11 and others observed their prayer at the Felele prayer ground.
The governor, in his message at the prayer ground called on Nigerians irrespective of religious faith to imbibe the spirit of brotherhood in order to live in harmony with one another in the interest of peace and development of the country.
Governor Bello who spoke to mark the end of 2017 Ramadan fasting also enjoined Nigerians not to relent in fervent prayer for President Muhammadu Buhari’s quick recovery.
He charged the people of the country to pray for the Acting President Professor Osibajo to succeed in the challenges of piloting the affairs of the country.
Bello however appealed to Nigerians to bear the current economic recession, assuring that very soon the hardship will be a thing of the past.
The Governor urged the people to cooperate and support the federal government to execute its laudable economic policies for the nation. The governor added that the federal government is working assiduously to permanently end the insurgents in the north east part of the country to enable the people of the area enjoy absolute peace.

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Zamfara government debunks reports that abducted students have regained freedom

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Zamfara government debunks reports that abducted students have regained freedom

Zamfara State Government has indicated that the over 300 Students kidnapped by Bandits are still in the den of their abductors.

Press Secretary to the Governor, Jamilu Magaji, debunked some online media reports that claimed the female students of Government Girls Science Secondary School, Jangebe have regained freedom.
He stated: “Governor Bello Matawalle and his aides have been been having sleepless nights since Friday when the girls were abducted by gunmen.

He said they have been working round the clock, making frantic efforts that will lead to the safe release of the victims.
He expressed dismay that that some persons, who do not know the details of the situation, will try to further hurt the victims’ parents, government and security by ridiculing the effort with falsehood.
“The state government will come immediately and happily inform the world as soon as the girls are released.”

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New fuel price regime in the offing

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A new fuel price regime between N170 and N175 may be approved by the federal government this week, Daily Trust has learnt.
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), the sole importer of refined petroleum products was selling at the old landing cost of N158.33 as of Saturday but government officials and some marketers have confirmed to Daily Trust that a new fuel price band is imminent this week.
The Minister of Petroleum Resources Timipre Sylva had two weeks ago said Nigerians should prepare for fuel price increase as oil price climbed above $60 per barrel.
The rise in crude oil price has taken the landing cost of petrol in Nigeria above N180 per litre.
“Even though the organised labour is still adamant on their stance against fuel price hike, we have told paying for the differential is not sustainable… This week a new price band will likely come into effect”, an oil agency official said yesterday.
The source said the Nigerian Petroleum Marketing Company (NPMC), a marketing arm of the NNPC, would notify depot owners and marketers of the new price by Monday.
However, NNPC said there would not be fuel price increase any time soon in an earlier statement. NNPC spokesman, Dr. Kennie had Obateru explained that the decision was to allow ongoing engagements with organized labour and other stakeholders on an acceptable framework that will not expose the ordinary Nigerian to any hardship, to be concluded.
The Coalition of Nigerian Civil Society Organisations for Petroleum and Energy Security (CONCSOPES) has said the organised labour’s refusal to allow fuel price hike and its agitation for the rollback of oil sector’s deregulation will lead to the product scarcity.
CONCSOPES’ convener Timothy Ademola told newsmen in Abuja on Saturday said market forces should be allowed to determine fuel prices.

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Marketers allay fears over fuel scarcity, ask Nigerians to stop panic buying

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Marketers allay fears over fuel scarcity, ask Nigerians to stop panic buying

The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has allayed apprehension among Nigerians who may be planning to hoard the Premium Motor Spirit.

The Public Relations Officer, Suleiman Yakubu
on Sunday spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) as long fuel queues were noticed at filling stations in many states and Abuja.

It was observed that some filling stations are reluctant dispense the PMS they have in stock to motorists while some have run out of supply.

Yakubu said the price of crude oil has gone up and affected the price of products.

The spokesman assured that PMS would soon be available in excess as loading had already commenced at depots.

“The government and marketers are doing everything possible to ensure that the products are available in every filling station within a few days starting from today,” he said

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