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Kaduna Update: Bandits Pursue Councillor From Home Kill 4, Kidnap Woman




At least, four persons have been confirmed killed and a woman kidnapped in shinge area in Ikulu, Zangon Kataf Local Government area of Southern part of Kaduna, in Kaduna state.

Elected councillor representing the area and victim of the bandits invasion Hon. Habila Abel Abarshi who confirmed the report to our correspondent said he was also pursued from his house by the terror group

Hon. Abarshi said the kidnapped Igbo woman who was placed on N10 million ransom was however released the following day, being Thursday last week, attributing her release to the rage of the youths or ransom payment.

He said “Around 9:42 pm on Tuesday, the bandits enter a village call shinge close to kamuru and attacks two young men in their houses.
“They gathered more than 4, killed one and killed another. One is bearing Williams Gabriel, the other Francis Ishaku. On the following day been Wednesday, the same times, around 9:52pm, they came back and attack my uncle house and also attack my house but I ran away.
“I heard their voice coming near my house pointing at my house when I was standing in my house. They came purposely for me, and I jumped across the fence. They were knocking the gate but I told my parents not to open the gate.
“The person close to my house, was shot dead. They call him Maiyu Abrak, while Kazah NaAllah, the second person was also killed.
“They kidnapped one Igbo woman, bearing Mrs. Emeka, demanding N10 million ransom. I informed the LG council chairman who came down and calmed the youths, and brought security to the place.

“We calmed the youths down not to react because all those bandits are Fulani, using heavy weapons. They were calling the husband of the Igbo woman they kidnapped and asking him to tell them how many people they killed.

“I don’t know whether ransom was paid, they released the woman because of the youth were about reacting. They kidnap her on Wednesday and released her on Thursday by 7pm. Which means there are insiders an informant in the community”, he said.

The councillor further stated that he has been going to LG headquarters to demand for security operatives, especially police, everyday afternoon, since the incident happened.

He also disclosed that the security operatives and state actors were promptly informed on the day the incident occurred, but nothing was done till now from them.

“The Igbo woman husband ran away but the bandits said they are coming for him. State House of assembly member did not received my calls, only the Reps member pick my call and responded”, he said.
Also contacted, the President of Ikulu Development Association, Sunday likoro, declined comments to our correspondent, on ground that they’re working on the press release on the incident, soon to be made available.

A local native who was promised anonymity stated that “Southern Kaduna killers are at mainland in Ikulu, killing at will. God, we cry for mercy and vengeance!!.
Contacted, spokesman of Kaduna state police command DSP Muhammad Jalige could not respond as usual.

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PDP Crisis: Ortom, Fayose, Anyim, Others Get Soft Landing



…..Party Rescinds Sanctions

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rescinded sanctions slammed on former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, and ex-Senate President, Pius Anyim, over alleged anti-party activities.

Benue Governor Samuel Ortom, Ibrahim Shema of Kastina state and other party Chieftains also sanctioned got soft landings after a crucial meeting of the national working committee of the party yesterday in Abuja

Recall that the party top shots were suspended by the embattled Iyorchia Ayu leadership over alleged anti party activities

But in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, yesterday Thursday, March 30, the party announced that its National Working Committee,NWC, has reversed the suspension of the party’s chieftains.

Ologunagba noted that the PDP NWC also reversed Governor Ortom’s referral to the party’s disciplinary committee.

He said: “The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at its meeting today, Thursday, March 30, 2023, extensively discussed recent developments in the party.

“The NWC recognised the imperativeness of a total reconciliation among party leaders and critical stakeholders for a more cohesive Party in the overall interest of our teeming members and Nigerians in general.

“Consequent upon the above, the NWC reverses the referral of the Governor of Benue State, His Excellency, Dr. Samuel Ortom to the National Disciplinary Committee.

“The NWC in the same vein reverses the suspension of the following members of our great party: H.E Ibrahim Shema (Katsina State); Ayodele Fayose (Ekiti State); Sen. Pius Anyim (Ebonyi State); Prof. Dennis Ityavyar (Benue State); Dr. Aslam Aliyu (Zamfara State).

“This decision is without prejudice to the powers of the NWC to take necessary disciplinary action against any member of the party at any time pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution of the PDP (as amended in 2017).

“The NWC charges all leaders, critical stakeholders and teeming members of our party across the country to be guided by the provisions of the PDP Constitution (as amended in 2017) as well as the new spirit and necessity of reconciliation, unity, and harmony in our party at this critical time.

“The PDP must remain focused as we continue to take every necessary action to recover the stolen mandate freely given by Nigerians to our party and presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, on Saturday, February 25, 2023, at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal,” the PDP spokesperson stated.

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DSS ING Alarm:Legal Means Can Be Deployed To Stop Tinubu’s Inauguration- HURIWA



Civil rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, (HURIWA), yesterday said there was nothing wrong in applying legal means to stop the inauguration of the President-Elect, Bola Tinubu on May 29, 2023 because the February 25, 2023 election that produced him is still being actively challenged in court by leading candidates in the poll.

HURIWA, in a statement by its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, said the so-called alarm raised by the Department of State Services (DSS) on Wednesday that some politicians are plotting an interim government should not be used as an obstacle to stop the petitions filed by Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) challenging Tinubu’s Victory

The DSS warning followed a petition by the Minister of State for Labour and Productivity, Festus Keyamo that the DSS should invite Obi and his running mate, Datti Baba-Ahmed, over their rejection of Tinubu as the President-Elect.

Similarly, Atiku had earlier in March led a protest to the Abuja office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to reject the result of the February 25 poll declared by the electoral umpire.

Both Atiku and Obi alleged electoral malpractices in the poll and are in court to challenge the declaration of Tinubu as President-Elect by INEC.

HURIWA’s Onwubiko said, “The Department of State Services should not rope in powerful opposition forces such as Peter Obi and Atiku Abubakar with a view to finding some frivolous charges to hang on their necks to frustrate their formidable petitions against the outcome of the February 25 presidential poll.

“The DSS must work for all of Nigeria and not work as errand boys of Tinubu and his allies who only recently made claims that some persons want to stop his swearing in. By the way, there is nothing wrong in applying legal means to stop his inauguration because the election is being actively challenged. Nothing should be used as obstacles to obstruct Obi and Atiku’s petitions.

He advised that ,“The DSS should go after arm smugglers, kidnappers, bandits and terrorists and leave politicking for politicians.”

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Edo NUJ Felicitates Arase Over Appointment As Chairman PSC



The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Edo State Council has felicitated with Solomon Arase, a retired Inspector General of Police on his appointment as Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC).

In a statement signed by the union Chairman, Comrade Festus Alenkhe, the union described the appointment as well deserved.

The union expressed optimism that Arase will bring his wealth of experience to bear in his new assignment to his father land.

The union prayed God Almighty to grant him the knowledge and wisdom to reposition the Police Service Commission for better service delivery.

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