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Kogi APC harvests over 10, 000, 000 decampees in central senatorial district

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Kogi APC harvests over 10, 000, 000 decampees in central senatorial district

Not less than 10,000 members and supporters of various political parties in Kogi Central Senatorial District of Kogi state have jumped the boat to the All Progressive Party (APC).
The decampees said they were convinced to join the APC due to the myriads achievements of the new direction agenda of the present administration of Alhaji Yahaya Bello.

The Administrator of Adavi local government area Hon. Abu Enesi Ajoge in his speech at the occasion said the people are trooping enmass to the APC from other parties as a result of the good governance of Alhaji Yahaya Bello , the governor of Kogi state.

Ajoge pointed out that the governor has embarked on construction of roads and drainages across the five local government councils in Kogi central, adding that the new military base located at Achoze in Okene local government is a testimony that the governor want to stamp out crime and criminalities in the state particularly in Kogi central.
He appealed to the decampees from other political parties to APC to give their full support and cooperation to the state Governor and the party to enable him achieve more for the people of the district.
A woman leader of APC in Kogi Central , Hajia Mariam Ibrahim commended the decampees for joining the new direction agenda of Alhaji Yahaya Bello’s administration.
According to her, Governor Bello is committed to the development of the state by embarking on meaningful projects that will enhanced the socioeconomic activities of Kogi state, stressing that governor Yahaya Bello is focused on how the state can meet up with other developing state like Lagos , Kano, Port Harcourt and Kwara state which she noted shared boundary with Kogi state. She assured the decampees of equal treatment, not minding that they were new in the party.
One of the decampees , Mallam Suleiman Ohida Yusuf who decamped from APGA , said they have seen the light and decided to abandoned their party for APC in the interest of development of the district.

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Senate confirms Bawa as EFCC Chairman

The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Abdulrasheed Bawa as the substantive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

He was confirmed after being grilled during Senate plenary.

For more than six years the commission was headed by persons in acting capacity.

For the first time a staff of the commission who is not a police officer is being appointed as chairman.
He rose through the ranks from the academy before being nominated to head the commission.

The Anti graft agency’s chairmanship designate reacted to a plethora of questions posed by Senators on his preparedness for the job, given his age and working in a complex society like Nigeria, at planary

Bawa, addressed most of the concerns of lawmakers, while assuring that he would bring his experience to bear having joined the agency in 2004.

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Gov Bala Mohammed berates Ortom for criminalising the Fulani herders

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Gov Bala Mohammed berates Ortom for criminalising the Fulani herders

By Princess Rose Yusuf

Governor Bala Muhammed of Bauchi State has berated the Benue state governor for being an arrow head in excerbating the bad media framings, criminalizing the Fulani tribe in Nigeria.
Muhammed spoke at the Press week organised by the Bauchi state Correspondents’ Chapel, Monday, in Bauchi.
The Governor reminded Ortom that other states in the North also accommodates other tribes, including people from the Tiv extraction in Bauchi and other places.
In his words, “We have so many Tiv speaking people farming in Alkaleri, In Tafawa Balewa and in Bogoro LGAs; has anybody told them to leave the State?. “We have not; because its their own inalienable rights to be there.

Explaining further, he said there are Yorubas in Bauchi, for over 150 years, even before the birth of Nigeria; some of them have risen to become permanent Secretaries in the Civil Service of the state, and other states of the North East like Gombe and Borno.“
“However, because at the moment the Fulani man is practicing the tradition of pastoralism, he has been exposed to the vagaries of the forest, cattle rustlers who carry guns, killed him and take away his livelihood, his cows.”
The Governor said he is left with no option than to carry the AK47 because the society and the government could not protect him.
“What is his fault? it’s the fault of the government and the people.”Governor Senator Bala said“nobody  should criminalize all Fulanis, because in every tribe, there are criminals. “If Cybercrime is practiced by one tribe, you don’t criminalise all the tribe by saying they are criminals.
“That sensitivity is highly needed, and journalists have to exercised restraints in some reports, decipher the wrongs from rights, especially any report that is not building this country Nigeria, which can divide her and threaten the peace and the unity of the country

He however, commended his counterpart Simon Lalong of Plateau State for ending the mutual suspicion between fulanis and farmers of his state without looking at political differences.
He said, “I must comment the chairman of the Nortgern Governor’s forum, Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State. “With his diverse background despite being a minority State, he’s leading the northern Governors with focus, with sense of humour, and maturity.

Muhammed indicated that people like Lalong are needed in Nigeria for the good fight of faith for unity and peace in his state as the fight between farmers and fulanis in the Plateau has ceased, because of justice and equity.

Patriotism among communities is now common place in Plateau because of governance that fosters understanding between the diverse ethnic groups in the state.

“And that is what is happening in Bauchi, where everyone is important. So the media must single out those people for promotion not like people in other States that are asking Fulanis to leave their lands.
The Governor indicated that nobody can intimidate any one over land since it belongs to all(our fathers land) quoting section 23, 24 and 25, of the constitution to back up his claim he said that every Nigerian is free to stay anywhere.
It is worthy of note that Governor Muhammed though not a Fulani by tribe, but a Bajari from Duguri district, Alkaleri LGA has been standing in defense of the Fulani.
In a swift reaction the Benue state Governor expressed disappointment with his colleague the Bauchi state Governor, for heaping the blame of the negative perception of Fulani herders on him.
“He said, it was surprising that a colleague, who took the oath of office to protect and preserve the Constitution, now takes the lead in violating provisions of the same Constitution by calling for lawlessness.

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42 victims of Kagara abduction regain freedom

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The 42 victims that were kidnapped by bandits from the Government Science College Kagara, Niger State, have been retained freedom.

This was coming after negotiations and a plane on a surveillance mission over their abduction crashed killing 7 NAF officers.
The statement confirming their freedom was contained in a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Niger governor, Mary Noel-Berje.

The statement indicated that a total of 27 students, three staff members and 12 members of their family were abducted after the attack on the school in the early hours of Wednesday.

The statement explained further that the kidnapped victims are on their way to Minna, where they will be formally received by the governor.

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