BREAKFAST NEWS 29-03-2022

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HERE ARE THE HIGHLIGHTS

  • MINISTER OF INFORMATION COMMENDS SECURITY FORCES FOR IMPROVED SAFETY OF NIGERIA.
  • IMO POLICE REPEL ATTACK BY SUSPECTED IPOB GUNMEN.
  • COURT THREATENS TO STRIKE OUT FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S CORRUPTION CHARGES AGAINST SENATOR OKOROCHA.

DETAILS OF THESE AND MORE IN A MOMENT, PLEASE STAY TUNED.

FG/PDP

THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS RAISED ALARM OVER THE ALLEGED PLAN BY AN OPPOSITION POLITICAL  PARTY  TO SABOTAGE THE ADMINISTRATION OF PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI.

MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND CULTURE,  ALHAJI LAI MOHAMMED IN A STATEMENT MADE AVAILABLE TO NEWSMEN CLAIMED THAT THE OPPOSITION PARTY WAS TRYING TO TRIGGER ANOTHER ENDSARS PROTEST TO OVERHEAT THE POLITY.

THE PEOPLES DEMOCRATIC PARTY,  PDP HAD PRAYED A FEDERAL HIGH COURT,  ABUJA  TO  DECLARE  THE EXERCISE OF THE NATIONAL  CONVENTION OF THE ALL PROGRESSIVES CONGRESS, APC AS UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND ILLEGAL.

HOWEVER  REACTING, THE MINISTER  WHO  URGED  THE OPPOSITION NOT TO PROMOTE ANARCHY FAULTED ATTEMPTS TO DECLARE THE NATIONAL CONVENTION OF THE RULING PARTY ILLEGAL.

MEANWHILE, THE APC HAD HELD ITS NATIONAL CONVENTION ON MARCH 26, 2022.

LAI/BOKO HARAM

IN THE MEANTIME,

THE MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND CULTURE, ALHAJI LAI MOHAMMED HAS STATED THAT NIGERIA IS BECOMING SAFER EVERY DAY WITH THE STRING OF SUCCESSES BEING RECORDED IN THE FIGHT AGAINST BOKO HARAM, ISLAMIC STATE WEST AFRICA PROVINCE, ISWAP, BANDITS AND OTHER CRIMINAL ELEMENTS.

MOHAMMED STATED THIS AT A MEDIA BRIEFING IN ABUJA, SAYING THE SECURITY FORCES HAD TAKEN THE BATTLE TO THE BANDITS AND PUT THEM ON THE RUN AND THEIR RANKS ARE BEING DECIMATED BY THE DAY.

COMMENDING THE NIGERIAN SECURITY FORCES, THE MINISTER EXPLAINED THAT DESPITE A MYRIAD OF SECURITY CHALLENGES, THEY ARE LIVING UP TO THE BILLING, ADDING THAT THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE SECURITY FORCES HAS BEEN ENHANCED BY THE LEADERSHIP PROVIDED BY PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI AND THE UNWAVERING COMMITMENT OF THE ARMED FORCES AND ITS LEADERSHIP.

WHILE NOTING THAT AS THE TERRORISTS AND THEIR CAMPS ARE BEING DECIMATED, THOUSANDS OF TERRORISTS AND THEIR FAMILIES ARE SURRENDERING IN DROVES, THE MINISTER THEREFORE ATTRIBUTED THE SUCCESSES TO THE PROCUREMENT OF MODERN PLATFORMS FOR THE ARMED FORCES.

NILDS/NASS

THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR LEGISLATIVE AND DEMOCRATIC STUDIES, NILDS IS SET TO PRODUCE A HIGH TURNOVER OF LAWMAKERS IN THE COUNTRY.

NILDS DIRECTOR-GENERAL, PROF. ABUBAKAR SULAIMAN DISCLOSED THIS ON THE SIDELINES OF A CAPACITY BUILDING WORKSHOP FOR THE NON-ACADEMIC STAFF OF THE INSTITUTE, NOTING THAT SUCH A CHALLENGE IS WHAT THE INSTITUTE IS CREATED TO CONFRONT FROM TIME TO TIME IN TERMS OF TRAINING.

PROF. SULAIMAN SAID AS THE 2023 GENERAL ELECTIONS ARE APPROACHING, THERE IS THE HIGH POSSIBILITY OF HIGH TURNOVER OF FEDERAL LAWMAKERS AT THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY AS IT HAS BEEN THE CASE SINCE 2003 WHICH NILDS IS WELL PREPARED FOR IN TERMS OF CAPACITY BUILDING TRAINING FOR NEWLY ELECTED LAWMAKERS.

THE NILDS DG THEREFORE POSITED THAT THE PERIODIC HIGH TURNOVERS WOULD GRADUALLY FIZZLE OUT IN SUBSEQUENT ELECTIONS AFTER THE 2023 POLLS AS THE PRACTICE OF DEMOCRACY GETS MORE ROOTED IN THE COUNTRY, ESPECIALLY WITH PROVISIONS OF THE 2022 ELECTORAL ACT.

SAFE HAVEN/INSURGENCY

THE COMMANDER, SECTOR 7 OF OPERATION SAFE HAVEN, KAFANCHAN, COL. TIMOTHY OPURUM HAS PROMISED TO FIGHT AGAINST INSURGENCY AND TERRORISM IN AREAS OF ITS OPERATION.

COL. OPURUM MADE THE PROMISE WHEN HE RECEIVED THE VISION PIONEER, THRONEROOM TRUST MINISTRY, KAFANCHAN, APOSTLE DR. EMMANUEL KURE WHO PAID HIM A CONDOLENCE VISIT AT HIS OFFICE IN KAFANCHAN, KADUNA OVER THE LOSS OF TWO OFFICERS IN THE RECENT CRISIS IN AGBAN KAGORO IN KAURA AND PART OF JEMA’A LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA.

OPURUM, WHILE ASSURING THAT THE ARMY WOULD NOT BE DISTRACTED BY THE RECENT LOSS OF ITS MEN EXPLAINED THAT ALTHOUGH THE LOSS OF TWO OF THE OFFICERS WAS PAINFUL BUT THE COMMAND WOULD CONTINUE TO DO EVERYTHING WITHIN HIS POWER TO ENSURE THE RESTORATION OF PEACE NOT JUST IN SOUTHERN KADUNA BUT THE COUNTRY AS A WHOLE.

THE SECTOR COMMANDER WHO DISCLOSED THAT THE COMMAND HAS RECENTLY TRAINED AND GRADUATED 103 LOCAL VIGILANTES ON SKILLS TOWARDS FIGHTING CRIMINALS WITHIN THE FOUR LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREAS OF ITS COVERAGE THEREFORE APPEALED TO PEOPLE IN THE AREA TO ALWAYS LEARN TO DETECT CRIMINALS WHO SHARE THE SAME ETHNICITY WITH THEM AND REPORT BAD EGGS AMONGST THEM INSTEAD OF SHIELDING THEM FROM ARREST.

AKWA IBOM/ASPIRANT

A GOVERNORSHIP ASPIRANT IN AKWA IBOM STATE, ANIEKAN ETIM HAS REVEALED THAT THE LACK OF DEVELOPMENT AND PROGRESS IN THE STATE AMIDST BOUNTIFUL NATURAL AND HUMAN RESOURCES WAS A RESULT OF POOR LEADERSHIP.

ETIM  MADE  THE  REVELATION WHILE ADDRESSING JOURNALISTS AT A PRESS CONFERENCE IN UYO, THE STATE CAPITAL, SAYING DESPITE BEING A NATURALLY BLESSED WITH HUMAN AND NATURAL  RESOURCES  WHOSE  POTENTIALS ARE UNQUANTIFIABLE, AKWA IBOM STATE STILL BEG FOR PROPER HARNESSING.

HE ADDED THAT THEY ARE YET TO REALIZE THEIR ENVIABLE CAPACITIES OWING TO QUESTIONABLE AND MISPLACED LEADERSHIP, NOTING THAT THE CHALLENGE OF NARROWING THE GULF FOR THE COMMON GOOD ONLY DECLARES EXPEDIENCY FOR THE RIGHT FULFILLMENT.

WHILE LAMENTING THAT EDUCATION AND OTHER SECTORS HAVE BEEN MISPLACED DUE TO A LACK OF FORESIGHT AND COMMITMENT TO SERVING THE PEOPLE, THE 2023 GOVERNORSHIP ASPIRANT NOTED THAT THE DEVELOPMENT HAS TAKEN A NEGATIVE TOLL ON THE PEOPLE AND THEIR DEVELOPMENT, CALLING ON PEOPLE OF THE STATE TO CHOOSE THEIR LEADERS WISELY IN THE 2023 ELECTION.

IMO/IPOB

THE IMO STATE POLICE COMMAND HAS REPELLED AN ATTACK BY GUNMEN SUSPECTED TO BE MEMBERS OF THE PROSCRIBED INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF BIAFRA, IPOB, EASTERN SECURITY NETWORK, ESN WHO THREW IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICES, IED THAT FELL ON A TRANSIT CAMP AND A VEHICLE.

CONFIRMING THE DEVELOPMENT IN A STATEMENT RELEASED TO NEWSMEN, STATE POLICE SPOKESMAN, MIKE ABATTAM SAID THE ESN MILITIA WING CAME IN THEIR NUMBERS FROM THE REAR OF THE DIVISION, WHICH IS AN UNGOVERNED FOREST, SHOOTING SPORADICALLY AND AS WELL THREW PETROL BOMBS.

ABATTAM HOWEVER SAID POLICE OPERATIVES AND SOME OF THE COMMAND’S TACTICAL TEAMS RESPONDED SWIFTLY AND ENGAGED THE HOODLUMS IN A FIERCE GUN DUEL, PREVENTING THEM FROM GAINING ENTRANCE TO THE STATION AND IN THE PROCESS FORCED THE HOODLUMS INTO RETREATING AS THEY ESCAPED BACK INTO THE FOREST WITH VARIOUS DEGREES OF BULLET WOUNDS.

NIGER/BANDITS

SOME UNKNOWN GUNMEN SUSPECTED TO BE BANDITS HAVE AGAIN RAIDED SOME COMMUNITIES IN MUNYA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF NIGER STATE, KILLING SCORES OF THE VILLAGERS AND ABDUCTED UNSPECIFIED NUMBER OF PEOPLE.

THE COUNCIL SECRETARY, JAMES JAGABA CONFIRMED THE INCIDENT IN A TELEPHONE INTERVIEW WITH JOURNALISTS, EXPLAINING THAT A CATHOLIC PRIEST, REV. LEO OZIGI AND 3 OTHER PRIESTS OF THE SAME CHURCH WERE KIDNAPPED BETWEEN SARKIN PAWA AND MINNA ON MARCH 27 AFTERNOON AS THEY WERE RETURNING TO MINNA AFTER THE SUNDAY MASS.

IT WAS REPORTED THAT THE BANDITS STARTED MOVING FROM HOUSE TO HOUSE RAIDING MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITIES OF THEIR BELONGINGS INCLUDING MONEY AND FOODSTUFFS.

JAGABA WHO ALSO CONFIRMED THE REPORTS ADDED THAT THE BANDITS ENDED UP KILLING SEVERAL VILLAGERS OF WHICH THEIR NUMBERS COULD NOT BE IMMEDIATELY QUANTIFIED BUT REACTING IN A SEPARATE INTERVIEW WITH NEWSMEN, COMMISSIONER FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND INTERNAL SECURITY, EMMANUEL UMAR SAID THEY ARE STILL MONITORING THE SITUATION.

COURT/OKOROCHA

THE FEDERAL HIGH COURT SITTING IN ABUJA HAS THREATENED TO STRIKE OUT A 2.9 BILLION NAIRA MONEY LAUNDERING CRIMINAL CHARGES BROUGHT AGAINST SENATOR REPRESENTING IMO WEST, ROCHAS OKOROCHA BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.

REPORT SAYS FOR THE SECOND TIME, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THROUGH ITS COUNSEL, COSMOS UGWU TOLD JUSTICE INYANG EKWO THAT HE HAS NOT BEEN ABLE TO SEE OKOROCHA AND SERVE HIM WITH THE CHARGES BUT INFORMED THE COURT THAT HE WOULD CONTINUE TO MAKE EFFORTS UNTIL HE SUCCEEDS IN SERVING THE FORMER IMO STATE GOVERNOR WITH THE COURT PAPERS.

HOWEVER, UGWU’S EXCUSE FOR NOT SERVING CHARGES ON OKOROCHA DID NOT GO DOWN WELL WITH JUSTICE EKWO WHO IN HIS SHORT RULING REMINDED THE COUNSEL THAT SAME STORY WAS PLAYED OUT ON FEBRUARY 22 WHEN THE DEFENDANT OUGHT TO HAVE TAKEN HIS PLEA, THREATENING TO THROW OUT THE CHARGES FOLLOWING THE INABILITY OF THE GOVERNMENT TO SERVE CHARGES ON OKOROCHA AS REQUIRED BY LAW.

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