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Shaibu Visits Community of Murdered Catholic Priest, Condemns Killing



….Says State Police Crucial to Tackling lnsecurity

Edo State Acting Governor, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu, has condemned in very strong terms, the wantom killing of 41 year-old Catholic Priest, Rev. Fr. Christopher Odia, in Ikabigbo, Etsako West Local Government Area of the State, even as he called on the National Assembly to urgently amend the constitution for the creation of State Police, as a panacea to tackling the rising wave of insecurity in the country.

The Acting Governor who led government functionaries, including top brass of the security agencies, comprising the Police, Army and DSS, while addressing the journalists after an assessment visit to the area, urged the community members, particularly the protesting youths to be calm as government was on top of the situation.

He condoled with the Head of Ikabigbo Community, Chief Aleghe
Braimah; bereaved family of Yusuf Nurudeen, a vigilante member who lost his life, during a failed rescue mission of the slain reverend father,by the community youths, hunters and vigilance group, the Ogieneni of Uzairue, HRH Kadiri Omogbai as well as the Catholic Bishop of Auchi Diocese, Gabriel Dunia.

According to Shaibu, his visit to the community was to condole with the Uzairue people and get first-hand knowledge of the unfortunate incident.

“The unfortunate attack resulted in the killing of Rev. Fr. Christopher Odia, a Priest at the St. Michael’s Catholic Church, lkabigbo.l have received briefs from eyewitnesses in the community and l have assured the people that the assailants will be brought to book and made to pay for their heinous crime”.

Continuing, he said: ” we are pained by the loss of both the reverend father and the vigilante member who was killed, but l am particularly happy with our youths, the vigilante group and community hunters who failed in their bid to rescue the reverend father”.

“We also commend the police and the military for their prompt action. We are saddened that we lost our loved ones. We will also look at what happened here critically for us to rejig our security architecture, because Edo State has been relatively peaceful”.

“We will not allow these miscreants to come into our State and disrupt the peace we are already enjoying. Edo will be too hot for them. We will assess what has happened to know how to correct them”, Shaibu noted.

In his remarks, Commissioner of Police, Edo State Command, Compol Abutu Yaro, told the community members to be vigilant, while assuring that the Police in synergy with other security agencies, will do everything possible to arrest the criminals for their dastardly action.

“Let me implore the community to partner with the Police, the local Army and DSS in order to ensure your action does not run foul of the law”.

Also speaking, the Catholic Bishop of Auchi Diocese, Gabriel Dunia, lamented the loss of Rev. Father Christopher Odia.

“The Catholic Church is greatly pained by this ugly incident and we want to thank the State Government for coming to mourn with us. I think what has happened is a wake up call for everybody in the community to be more alert and security conscious to avoid this kind of sad event”, he said.

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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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