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Kidnap of Catholic Bishop: HURIWA says Imo is in the hands of outlaws

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Kidnap of Catholic Bishop: HURIWA says Imo is in the hands of outlaws

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has condemned in the strongest terms, the violent kidnap by armed kidnappers of the newly installed Catholic Auxiliary Bishop of Owerri Roman Catholic Archdiocese, His Eminence, Rt. Reverend Dr. Moses Chikwe in Owerri.

The Rights group said the situation in Owerri and the entire Imo State calls for deeper introspection as the state’s political leadership is rudderless and ruthlessly incompetent.

HURIWA also lamented that the Imo State House of Assembly seems to be dominated by political nitwits and praise singers of the poorly performing governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma who uses media propaganda and subterfuge as methodologies of governance which are not workable in a constitutional democracy.

In a statement issued by the National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, HURIWA said the criminal and treacherous act of forcefully abducting the revered church leader by armed kidnappers has demonstrated that indeed the decision of the Supreme Court of Nigeria to impose as governor someone who came fourth in an election for the governor of Imo State in 2019 was targeted at destroying good governance in the heartland of Igbo land and is a calculated and choreographed drama from the topmost echelons of the central government to deny the Igbo speaking areas the opportunity to determine who governs them.

HURIWA said: “The entire Imo State is in a state of political and economic paralysis just as there is a total absence of any semblance of governance but what is on the ground is a rule by mobsters and has been converted to a place whereby raw might is right and has progressively become a primitive state of nature whereby life is short, brutish, uninteresting, deadly and bloody.

“If nothing is done, pretty soon the violent criminals will up their deadly game and turn Imo State into a Kingdom of armed non-state actors and robbers”.

The Rights group said the cases of violent kidnappings have resurfaced in Imo state since the emergence of Uzodinma who rose on the back of a very toxic and dangerous verdict of the Supreme Court of Nigeria headed by the incompetent and highly partisan Justice Tanko Muhammad.

HURIWA, however, called for the dismissal of the Commissioner of Police in Imo State, the State Director of Department of States Services (DSS), and the State’s Commandant of the Civil Defence for their abysmal performance in the area of securing the lives and property of the good people of Imo State.

The Rights group wondered what nature of Security Council is in place in the state when most of those manning the security offices are strangers who are simply here for posting but are not used to the terrain and topography of Imo State and never bothered to learn and improve themselves with hardcore intelligence on how to rid the state of dangerous criminals who are running riots all over the state that looks like no man’s land.

“The Police in Imo State are not present in about seventy percent of the geographical areas of Imo State but are found on the Okigwe to Owerri badly damaged Federal Highway and the Owerri to Orlu state-owned road or the Owerri to Onitsha highway whereby they engage in violent and threatening extortion of commuters and drivers who ply the destroyed only a few central government’s owned national road infrastructures in Imo State.

“The reason there is a total breakdown of law and order in Imo State is that the person who ought to be in-charge as the political leader of the State is too busy chasing shadows and engaging in shadow boxing with his political rivals such as his party man, the Senator representing the governor’s constituency in the National Assembly, Rochas Okorocha whose eight years governance of Imo State decapitated the social amenities of the state and left the state in a state of near-comatose which has been worsened by the coming of Hope Uzodinma who was imposed when the Supreme Court illegally unseated Emeka Ihedioha popularly thought to have won the 2019 governorship poll in Imo state beating Uzodinma who came a distant fourth with a wide margin “.

HURIWA quoting the media stated that armed kidnappers reportedly whisked away from the Auxiliary Bishop of Owerri Catholic Archdiocese in Imo State, Moses Chikwe. HURIWA learnt that the bishop was kidnapped at the World Bank area of Owerri, the state capital. He was reportedly kidnapped on Sunday night alongside his driver whose name was not stated.

HURIWA further added that there is no functional or vibrant governance because from the look of things all around Imo State starting from the lawless approach adopted by commercial and private car drivers on all the bad roads that dot Imo State, you can see that in Imo state it is the bad case and scenario of the survival of the fittest as the police and other armed security forces are either attached to politicians and rich elite and not one policeman is seen anywhere controlling the lawless drivers.

“There is a serious problem when a state like Imo state does not have a committed and sincerely devoted governor and that is why there is a state of anarchy everywhere.

“There is an urgent need for the masses of Imo State to speak out and demand accountability and action from the persons elected to the State House of Assembly to behave like human beings and provide lawful guidance on how best the state ought to be piloted for the good and happiness of the greatest percentage of the people of Imo State. This state of anarchy, doom, and rudderless leadership will lead inevitably to a total breakdown of law and order sooner than expected, ” the statement noted.

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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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Lawan expresses outrage over abduction of Zamfara secondary oschool girls

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The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, expressed sadness and outrageover the attack on Friday on Government Secondary School, Jangebe in Zamfara State where hundreds of schoolgirls were abducted.

Lawan said the incident happening while efforts were still being made to rescue those abducted just over a week ago at another secondary school in Kagara, Niger State.

The Senate President said the recurrent attacks on schools and other acts of banditry call for intense soul searching on how the nation arrived at this sorry pass and how to cage the monster of violent crimes in Nigeria.

Lawan expressed his sympathy for the abducted schoolgirls and urged the authorities at all levels to work together to ensure their immediate rescue.

The Senate President also reiterated his call on the state authorities to accord priority to securing schools and other locations now seen as soft targets by savage criminals.

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Buhari tells Gumi, FG will not succumb to amnesty for bandits, criminals

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President Muhammadu Buhari may have disappointed the proponents of amnesty for criminals and bandits as solution to insecurity.

He rather warned that his government would deal decisively with all forms of criminality in the country.

The President spoke while declaring open a joint security meeting of the Northern State Governors’ Forum, Northern Traditional Rulers Council and delegation from the Federal Government.
Buhari’s position on the issue is coming at a time Islamic cleric, Sheikh Abubakar Gumi tried to woo the federal government to grant amnesty to bandits.

Gumi had explained that granting amnesty to bandits was better than engaging them in what he termed “operation fire-for-fire.”

He had also pointed out that amnesty to bandits would help calm down the tense insecurity situation.

Hiwever, Speaking through his chief ofIbrahim Gambari, Buhari said he has directed the security chief to evolve new strategy on how to deal with all forms of criminalities.

He said: “I must appreciate the efforts of the 19 Northern States Governors’ Forum for their contribution towards national growth and development, especially in this challenging period in our nation’s being where certain fundamental corporate existence needs to be frankly deliberated upon and actionable resolutions reached.

“At the same time, we are confronting the various dimensions of security challenges that continue to slow down the emancipation of our people from poverty and economic deprivation.
“The Government shall continue to deal with insurgents, bandits, kidnappers and other criminals who constitute a threat to innocent citizens across the country.”

“Criminals are criminals and should be dealt with accordingly, without resorting to ethnic profiling. I have already tasked the new Service Chiefs to devise new strategies that will end this ugly situation where the lives of our people continue to be threatened by hoodlums and criminals.”

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