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Kagara: Excitement over freedom for abducted pupils and staff cut short by another attack

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Kagara: Excitement over freedom for abducted pupils and staff cut short by another attack

The joy and excitement that heralded the freedom of abducted students and staff of Government Science College, Kagara, whom were released by their captors was cut short hours after they were released as scores of others have been kidnapped in fresh attacks.

The new wave of attacks was visited on the town and adjoining villages in Rafi Local Government Area of the state.
About four persons were on Saturday reportedly killed in the new wave of attack while at least 26 others were abducted.
Gov. Abubkara Sani-Bello of Niger on Saturday earler received 38 students and staff that regained freedom

On February 17th, 2021, 27 students, 12 staff and 12 members of a family in the school were abducted by gunmen.

Bello, while receiving the victims, disclosed that 38 students and staff of the school were released by the abductors

“I am happy to announce this afternoon the rescue of the 38 abducted students at about 4 a.m. All rescued victims are here, though one is in the hospital suffering from excessive exhaustion.

” They are being medically checked and will be monitored for a few days before they are reunited with their families,” he said..

The governor said one of the victims is receiving treatment at the General Hospital, Minna. He said that the release of the abductees was made through the joint efforts of security personnel, traditional leaders and stakeholders.

He said that the State Government would look into the cause of the dastardly act toward finding a lasting solution to the problem.

Bello said the abductees who had suffered tremendous torture in the hands of the bandits, would soon be reunited with their loved ones.

As if it was a swapping game, gunmen again attacked Kagara, abduct 26 people just fews hours after the release of 38 kidnapped persons in Kagara Niger State in the town and adjoining villages in Rafi Local Government Area

It was gathered that eight persons were kidnapped in Kundu and 11 others in nearby Gunna district.
The sources explained further that the four persons killed were from Karako, a neighbouring village where seven persons are still missing.
The bandits were reported to have rustled many cows in the affected villages.
A chief Imam named Ibrahim Ruvo, at Madaka village was reportedly kidnapped.

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The Initiative for Grassroot Advancement, (INGRA) has condemned the recent attack on a Journalist working with Confluence Cable Network, owners of Grace FM, by suspected drug peddlers in Lokoja metropolis.

The statement which was signed by the Executive Director of INGRA Mr Hamza Aliyu and titled, “increasing state of insecurity in Lokoja metropolis” said the attack has once again brought to the fore the dangerous and toxic atmosphere in the area around our politics and security.

“Where youths fueled with the audacity that they are “untouchable” decided to maliciously inflict bodily harm on a Journalist in public view for doing his job is totally unacceptable and condemnable.

“This happened and the security agencies, who are within stone distance from the scene are still yet to arrest and prosecute the papertrators.

“This is a warning sign to all persons who are in the forefront of raising issues about the ills of bad governance. How do drug peddlers have such temnerity to unleash such harm on a JOURNALIST for such flimsy excuse?”

The statement observed that Kogi State is awash with cult gangs who maim, kill and harm themselves and others with impunity and the State Government seems relaxed or incapable of bringing the situation to order.

The statement reads further “The situation is troubling and shows a total failure of security in a state where accolades have continuesly been thrown at the government on the issue.

“We now leave in perpetual fear that what you say against the state or any cult group, could be used against you or bring you bodily harm. “This is unacceptable in a democratic system. Kogi state is not a dictatorial state and we must not accept this attitude for the media Society.

“Only in the recent memory another media personality was arrested and jailed for stories that the “authorities” found “unpleasant”. Another popular Civil Society Activist was hounded and threaten by the Kogi State House of Assembly for publishing facts not favourable to the House.
Kogi State must be democratic in its affairs and we must never accept a situation where having contrary opinions could be a death sentence.

“INGRA calls on the Security Agencies and The State Government to condemn this action and immediately arrest and prosecute those responsible for this heinous actions.

“We call on the NUJ and the Civil Society to organise a protest to Government House to demand a Peaceful environment for all shades of opinions, no matter how unpleasant they seem but as long as it’s within the legal ambit of the law”.

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NDLEA nabs undergraduate, boyfriend who sell drug cookies to school children

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NDLEA nabs undergraduate, boyfriend who sell drug cookies to school children

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA) has unraveled a dangerous trend in illicit drug trafficking where drugs are sold in form of cookies to shool children and other unsuspecting members of the public in Abuja.
This was contained in  a statement issued by Director of media and advocacy Femi Babafemi in Qbuja on Tuesday.


The discovery was coming when a 300-level university student, Rhoda Agboje and her boyfriend, Ifeanyi Nwankwo, were arrested by the operatives of the agency. 

The Statement said, Narcotics agents with the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Command of the NDLEA had launched a manhunt for another member of the syndicate involved in producing the cookies with Arizona, a highly psychoactive variant of cannabis; alcohol and rohypnol among other ingredients. 

Their lid was blown open following the arrest of Rhoda Agboje with four pieces of the drug cookies on Sunday, 18th April, 2021. 


She was arrested at the NNPC Cooperative estate, opposite Gaduwa estate in Abuja based on a complaint that she gave an unsuspecting young girl the cookies to eat. After eating the drug cookies, the girl lost her mind and could not sleep, making incoherent utterances due to the effects of the cookies. 

Under interrogation, the prime suspect, Rhoda confessed she prepares the cookies with a friend and sells each pack of three pieces at N1, 500. A follow up operation in her boyfriend’s house thestatement indicated, led to the recovery of over 200 pieces of the drug cookies. According to the Commander, FCT Command of the NDLEA, Mohammed Malami Sokoto, “The boyfriend, Ifeanyi Nwankwo and all the equipment used for the production of the cookies were brought to the office for further investigation. 
The suspect confirmed that she sells at parties and to unsuspecting members of the public, including school children that are the most vulnerable. The suspect also supplies some supermarkets and clubs in the FCT.” While commending officers and men of the FCT Command for unraveling the syndicate, Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Brig. General Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) said what the syndicate was doing is not only criminal but equally unconscionable by deliberately luring school children into drug under the cover of selling to them biscuits or cookies. 

“I wish to draw the attention of parents to this new devious strategy to get children addicted to drug cookies and to urge them to remain vigilant while monitoring what their wards bring home from school or consume as snack”, Marwa stated on Tuesday.

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Enemies trying to turn Iboland into terrorists’ enclave because of Ibo Presidency -Ohanaeze Ndigbo

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Enemies trying to turn Iboland into terrorists’ enclave because of Ibo Presidency -Ohanaeze Ndigbo

President General of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide Ambassador Professor George A. Obiozor has indicated that enemies of Southeasterners are working hard to turn Iboland in to a terrorist enclave because the idea of Ibo man becoming a president of Nigeria is gaining ground.
Speaking during a press conference in Abuja on Monday, he said the South East has been one of the most peaceful among the six geopolitical zones.
“Now all of a sudden because the idea of presidency coming to Ibo land has come from probability to possibility people want to turn Ibo land into a terrorists’ ground.
“Ibos are builders not nation breakers. We are not a violent people. So we must find out the root cause of the violent spree and kidnapping and all other things. 
He said Nigerians should not use such things to measure the character of the Ibos, as it is not in their character. 
“Of all things you can accuse Ibos of it is not getting money through laziness, like kidnapping an uncle to get money.”
On the fact that Ibos have divergent views he said, Presidency coming to south East is welcome development however, he said divergent opinion is healthy in politics “Politics is not a science of exactitude, it is considerably and consistently a matter of choices, necessity for choices.
“So for the Ibos having different opinions is not a crime. No section of Nigeria has one opinion on any leader.
He pointed out that every group in Nigeria is divided, evenmore divided than the Ibos
“Unless you focus on us South East is the most peaceful section of all other zones.
“Do you have one opinion in North East, North West, South west even South South? 
“My friend Ibos have different opinion and the opinions converge in having Ibo Presidency from South East in 2023 that is the opinion.”
On the level of consultation across the divides by Ohanaeze, he said the result just manifested with a very sound approval with the Edwin Clark’s declaration.
“Consultation has been made and wonderful responses positive have been coming. You listened to Chief Edwin Clark.
“We have given you wonderful example of the support. Edwin Clark is not a frivolous man, he is man of history and he is leading a people who have experienced politics of precarious experience. “They know what it takes to support any group and they have done it.
Asked about whether the gate will be left open for the platforms of the two major parties, he said they will appeal to the political parties as many as they can be from the beginning for each of them to nominate an Ibo presidential candidate from the South east saying it would be wonderful.
“As for who will be President from the South East it is found in the Bible, many are called but few are chosen, why are you bordering yourself, don’t pre-empt us, when the time comes, politics is a matter of selection too, we will sort out so just give us support.”
When asked about the issue of Ibos not speaking with one voice he said speaking with one voice is not political but dictatorial.
He said speaking with one voice is unacceptable in a plural society, especially irrepressible society like Nigeria and among irrepressible individualists like the Ibos. 
“We will not speak with one voice. We are not mumu. Ibos will speak with reasonable different voices, then articulated by leadership that has a sense of direction and knows what matters. 
“This question of one voice, look at where one voice has kept us in 
Nigeria today. No voice anymore.”
He said the Ibo Presidency will bring visible and conspicuous achievements, “capacity to turn this national difficulties into dividends for Nigeria, obstacles in to opportunities.
“Let me tell you the truth, nations are served by two kinds of events either through leadership or through structures.
“None of it has worked in Nigeria, the Ibo man can change the narrative because he is not a greedy man. He is also not a lazy man, forget any perception you may have about the ibos. 
“The Ibos know how to share things and let others take and he will be the last just as we are taking the last of all the zones in Nigeria in the Presidency.
“You will see a difference, the difference will be clear and you will see that the country would be stable because you are getting a Government that will embrace justice equity and fairness, charity to all and Malice towards none we are the ones that can live anywhere.”
According to him, Nigeria failed to identify the immense capacity of the Iboman’s talents.
“The truth of the matter Nigerians don’t want to use their talents in the Ibos, but it is their own loss.
“Look at it, I went to South Korea in the 80s, South Korea was developed within 10 years. One of the economic adviser sent there was Kalu Ndika Kalu, an Iboman, go and ask.
On the idea of asking the Ibos to relocate their businesses to the Southeast on account of the unfavourable situation they found themselves he said,
“Ibos are not looking for Presidency to impoverish other parts of Nigeria, by withdrawing their businesses. I must congratulate all Ibo businessmen all over the country and West Africa for the wonderful successes they have recorded in the difficult situations they found themselves. 
“What we are asking from them is that they should take some parts of their investments to the South East and develope the area also, let your wealth also reach home.
“So the vulnerability is also economic risk that is why we want a stable and peaceful Nigeria. So wherever we are we can also see peace and stability.”
He advised Nigerians to always know that when they are in Rome they behave like the Romans’ as there are certain behaviours that cannot be tolerated.
“That is the problem we are having in Nigeria today certainly in the South East, you know there is nomansland in Ibo land, Land is owned, including the deities, they own some lands so be careful before you challenge the Gods over their lands.”
According to him,Ibos are doing well throught out Nigeria, they should continue.

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