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Insecurity: Emulate Ortom, Stop Paying Lip Service to Killings, SOKAPU tells Kaduna, Others



By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

The Southern Kaduna People’s Union (SOKAPU), has called on Kaduna State government, the entire North West and Middle Belt states to emulate Benue State Governor Dr. Samuel Ortom for setting up Benue State Community Volunteer Guards.

SOKAPU stated that the call has become imperative in view of the increasing security challenges and the need to protect the lives and properties of electorates ,rather than doing things that would appears to paying lip service.

The Union disclosed this Monday in Kaduna in a statement issued specifically on the take-off of Benue State Community Volunteer Guards, on Monday.

The statement signed by the Union’s Acting President, Comrade Awemi Dio Maisamari, also hailed Governor Ortom for “daring to distinguish himself from the choking hypocrisy and crude timidity of his colleagues who are facing the same security challenges with him.

“Therefore, SOKAPU calls on the Kaduna State government, and indeed the entire government of the North West and the Middle Belt states as a matter of urgency, to as a matter of urgency emulate Ortom if indeed they are not paying lips service to the security of their electorates.

“SOKAPU hails Governor Ortom, for daring to distinguish himself from the choking hypocrisy and crude timidity of his colleagues who are facing the same security challenges with him but dare not subscribe to his kind of solution for fear of a backlash from the Fulani establishments and its allies.

“If Governor Nasir el-Rufai should follow suit, we are sure that the over 200 communities seized by armed herdsmen and their comrades in crime in Kaduna state and the over 500,000 IDPS in Southern Kaduna alone, we will begin to have hope of ending the war waged against us.

“We also believe that if governor el-Rufai and others should welcome and implement the Volunteers Guards initiative of Governor Ortom, the thousands of captives in the dens of Kidnappers will be rescued and the culprits brought to book.
“We once more congratulate Gov. Ortom and we encourage the people of Benue state and all lovers of peace, justice and wellbeing of mankind all over Nigeria and abroad to support Gov Ortom in this noble enterprise”, it stated

Earlier, while congratulating the Governor Ortom and indeed, the entire people of Benue State over the Passing Out Parade of the 1st batch of Community Volunteer Guards, the Union noted that the law setting up the guards are provided by legally approved weapons to assist the military and security agencies operating in the state with a backup manpower for much more effective protection of Benue communities.

“Benue state, just like Kaduna State, especially Southern Kaduna, has been ravaged by mass killings of citizens, wanton destructions of communities, millions of innocent cities and large scale disruption of economic activities among other grim features that have become the hallmark of the evil been carried out by armed Fulani bandits and allied outlaws.

“The People of Benue state, just like the people of the South West with their Amotekun vigilante initiative, can now breathe a sigh of relief that their state government has the courage, wisdom and political will to assist them enforce their natural and constitutional right to self defence, right to life and the pursuit of happiness.

“SOKAPU has always advocated for this kind of project, in view of the reality that Kaduna state is blessed with millions of able bodied young men and women who are capable of defending the state in collaboration with the thinly spread military and security agencies, if given minimal training, discipline and authorised weapons under the supervision of government.

“Unfortunately, Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna state is spending billions of Naira on security just to witness the escalation of the violence with hope that it would soon end.
“Governor el-Rufai, in a bizarre twist to finding solution to the problem, even traced some of these macabre killers to some countries in West Africa and paid them undisclosed sums of money with the view of persuading them to stop the invasions of Southern Kaduna communities.

“The Kaduna State Vigilante Service, which was established in 2016, cannot be effective because even the stipends paid its personnel have become a burden to the state and as such its expansion to admit more young people willing to serve is not feasible for now.

“Besides, it is very poorly equipped, its personnel poorly motivated and its operations have been largely reduced to crowd control and at best placing road blocks in urban communities at night to verify the identity of persons passing through them. Yet, SOKAPU commend the patriotism of these few young persons, knowing fully well that they can do much better, given the right conditions.

“Each quarter of the year, Kaduna State government reels out unacceptable, gloomy statistics of its citizens killed by armed murderous gangs to show that Kaduna State alone lost more lives in the violent criminality that has engulf the state, worst than the deaths recorded in the Boko Haram ravaged North East of Nigeria.

‘Governor Ortom has shown that if a leader does the right consultations and has the political will to carry out its major responsibility, which is defending the lives and property of citizens, it is not such a herculean task”, it stated.


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FG Approves N24.2bn For Free Internet At Airports, Schools, Markets



THE Federal Government has approved free internet services worth N24.2 billion naira at 20 selected airports, 43 universities and six markets across the country.

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Isa Pantami, disclosed this after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday

Pantami said that the airports were selected from the six geo-political zones.

“Certain intervention projects are going to be implemented by the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Nigerian Communications Commission of providing Internet in 20 selected airports in Nigeria and higher institutions of learning and also some markets to support micro small and medium enterprises.

“In each geopolitical zone, you have around three airports. In the South-West, we have Lagos and Ondo. For the South-East, we have Anambra and Enugu.

“For the South-South, we have Port Harcourt and Akwa Ibom. For the North-Central we have Abuja and Ilorin. In the North-West, we have Kano, Sokoto and Kebbi. For the North-East we have Yola, Maiduguri and Gombe.”

The minister said the markets and 43 institutions which include universities and polytechnics were also drawn from the six geopolitical zones, adding that it will ease e-learning in schools and also enhance the transition to a cashless economy.

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Buhari Approves Appointment Of 6 New Perm Secs



President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday approved the appointment of six new permanent secretaries in the Federal Civil Service

The appointments followed after a recent conducted selection process.

The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HOCSF),Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, made this known in a statement by Mohammed Ahmed, Director of Communications of the Office of the HOCSF,

The appointees and their states of origin are Esuabana Asanye (Cross River), Mahmud Kambari (Borno), Richard Pheelangwah (Taraba), Lamuwa Ibrahim (Gombe), Yakubu Kofar-Mata (Kano) and Oloruntola Michael (Ogun).

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DSS Confirms Plot To Install Interim Govt



The Department of State Security Service has said that the plot to Instal interim government was real

DSS noted that the plot was “by some key players” to install an interim government and stop Bola Ahmed Tinubu from being inaugurated as president.

A statement on Wednesday, by Peter Afunanya, the public relations officer of the secret police, said: “The Department of State Services (DSS) has identified some key players in the plot for an Interim Government in Nigeria.

“The Service considers the plot, being pursued by these entrenched interests, as not only an aberration but a mischievous way to set aside the constitution and undermine civil rule as well as plunge the country into an avoidable crisis.

“The illegality is totally unacceptable in a democracy and to the peace loving Nigerians. This is even more so that the machination is taking place after the peaceful conduct of the elections in most parts of the country.”

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