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Police Nab Eight Over Kidnapping, Armed Robbery, Cultism

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Operatives of the Enugu State Police Command have  arrested eight (8) criminal suspects over their alleged involvement in kidnapping, armed robbery, cultism, unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition. 
The PPRO Enugu State Command, ASP Daniel Ndukwe, in a statement issued in Enugu said that the operatives also recovered 5 firearms including an AK-47 rifle, 10 live cartridges and 1 empty shell of 7.62mm calibre of ammunition, 2 motor vehicles, 2 tricycles, 6 motorcycles, 1 dagger and 1machete  and some quantity of weeds suspected to be Indian Hemp.
According to him, on 13/06/2021 at about 0830hrs, Police Operatives of the Command attached to Anti-Cultism Squad, arrested one Nwaokor Chinonso aged 27, of Akpugo Community in Nkanu West L.G.A., after they swiftly responded to credible information alleging that a group of armed cultists were breaching public peace at Obofia Community in Nkanu West L.G.A. of the State. 
Upon interrogation, the suspect confessed to being a member of Vikings Confraternity and that the cult group was having a meeting in the area before the Operatives busted them, recovering 2 Locally-made double-barreled pistols, 7 live cartridges, 1 Black-coloured Toyota Camry and 1 Black-coloured Honda Accord with registration no. UWN 394 GU and BDG 14 EG respectively.
The police also recovered Yellow-coloured Tricycles with registration nos. ENU 518 WN and JRV 228 VD respectively, 6 Motorcycles of different make, empty bottles of Squadron drink and some quantity of weeds suspected to be Indian Hemp,adding that further discreet investigation to arrest the fleeing suspects is ongoing.
“ Police Operatives of the Command attached to Oji-River Police Division, in synergy with Men of Neighborhood Watch, recovered an AK-47 rifle with breech number: 038244 without magazine, in a thicket at Ude Village in Ugwuoba Community of Oji-River LGA on 08/06/2021 at about 1700hrs. 
“The recovery is sequel to the Operatives storming the thicket on receipt of credible information, alleging that a group of armed hoodlums were sighted perfecting plans to carry out armed robbery operations”, adding that intense discreet investigation has been launched to fish out and bring the hoodlums to book”.
In another development, “based on intelligence, Operatives attached to Anti-Kidnapping Squad of the Command, on 03/06/2021 at about 1000hrs, arrested one Arinze Ozoguji (a.k.a “Oscar”) aged 22 and Chinecherem Omesu (a.k.a “Teeth”) aged 17, both of No. 91 Ogui Road and No. 32 Richard Extension, respectively in Asata, Enugu, in their criminal hideout in Mararaba Town of Nasarawa State. 
“Their arrest is in furtherance of an ongoing investigation into a case of kidnapping, armed robbery and other offences in which other members of their criminal gang had been arrested, charged to court and are remanded in Nigerian Correctional Centre Custody. The suspects confessed to the crime, while 1 machete and 1 dagger were recovered from them”.
Meanwhile, the Police Commissioner has commended efforts of the Operatives, the Neighborhood Watch Group and law-abiding citizens who contributed in making the breakthroughs possible. 

 He further charged the Operatives to remain resolute and resilient, even as the Command unwaveringly work towards maximally actualizing mandates of Operation Restore Peace, (RP) as ordered by the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Alkali Baba Usman. 

CP Aliyu, the statement went on, also called on Ndi Enugu to remain vigilante and promptly report criminals and their activities to the nearest Police Station.

By: Canice Amadi, Enugu

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Reps Urge FG To Revisit School Feeding Programme

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The House of Representatives, yesterday, urged the Federal Government to revisit the school feeding programme, suspended over sundry controversies.
The National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme was a pilot programme launched in 2004 targeting 12 states to provide a nutritious midday meal to public primary school pupils in the country:
In 2016, the programme was relaunched nationally, targeting public primary school children using locally sourced ingredients to improve health, stimulate agricultural production, and boost smallholder farmers’ income.
Recall that President Bola Tinubu, on January 12, 2024, suspended all programmes of the National Social Investment Programme Agency for six weeks.
The four programmes administered by NSIPA are N- the Power Programme, Conditional Cash Transfer Programme, Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme, and Home Grown School Feeding Programme.
Following the adoption of the motion, the House mandated its Committees on Special Duties and Finance to invite the Ministers of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Education, and Finance to revisit the program and propose solutions for its future success.”
The House, while adopting a motion on “Urgent call to revisit school feeding policy” moved by the member representing Tarauni Federal Constituency, Kano State, Mr Muktar Zakari, noted that the philosophy behind the NHGSFP is to encourage enrollment into the public primary schools, address childhood hunger pangs, and improve their ability to concentrate, learn, and increase school attendance.
The lawmaker, a member of the New Nigeria People’s Party, lamented that “The suspension of the NHGSFP by the current administration is unsettling for several reasons, namely reduced school enrollment and attendance, compromised health and cognitive development of the children, and disruption of the income of smallholder farmers.”
He also said “Addressing the programme’s challenges is crucial, but a complete suspension may cause more harm,” noting that “It is important to find alternative solutions or efficient implementation of the NHGSFP to ensure Nigerian children continue to benefit from this important initiative.”
In his words, “The cancellation of the programme is causing an upsurge in the number of out-of-school children, posing a threat to the country’s future and leading to a high rate of crimes, insecurity, and unemployment.”

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Kogi Lauds Appeal Court’s Verdict On Ododo’s Victory

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The Kogi State Government has hailed the verdict of the Appeal Court, Abuja that yesterday uAtiku hails Supreme Court judgment on LG autonomypheld the victory of the state governor, Usman Ododo.
The state Commissioner for Information and Communications, Kingsley Fanwo, made the government’s position known in an interview with journalists shortly after the judgment was delivered in Abuja.
Fanwo described the judgment as “sound,” adding that the it represents “echoes of the indisputable victory” of the governor at the poll.
He said the governor remains unwavering in his faith in the judiciary.
The conmissioner said, “Today’s judgment represents echoes of our victory on November 11, 2023. We campaigned round the state and worked hard to reassure the people that our party is the most reliable to take the state forward.
“November 11 will continue to be remembered in Kogi as the day that Kogites across the senatorial districts united to speak with one voice, birthing a resounding victory for the incumbent governor.
“Today’s verdict has offered another great opportunity for those who lost at the poll and in the courts to join the governor in moving the state forward.”
Fanwo said the court case did not in any way slow governance down as the governor has continued to “roll up his sleeves and deliver democracy dividends to the great people of the state.
“The jubilation that greeted the verdict affirming the victory of the Chief Servant of Kogi is a demonstration of the triumph of the people’s will.”
He urged the people of the state to continue to support the governor to make the state the Confluence of Excellence.

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Insecurity: Reps Want Modern Technology Deployed In Nation’s Borders

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The House of Representatives has called on the Nigeria Customs Service to deploy modern technology to secure the nation’s borders with neighbouring countries.
The directive followed the adoption of a motion on “Need to employ the use of modern technology to secure the nation’s borders,” sponsored by the member representing Awka North/Awka South Federal Constituency, Anambra State, Obiageli Orogbu at Thursday’s plenary.
Consequently, the Reps mandated “The Nigeria Customs Service to beef up the nation’s border security with modern technological gadgets.”
It also directed its Committees on National Security and Intelligence and Customs and Excise to “Interface with the relevant agencies of the executive arm to ensure implementation and report back to the House within four weeks for further legislative action.”
Leading the debate, Orogbu said that there are over 320 illegal routes into Nigeria “That serves as horrendous channels for the influx of inadmissible aliens and goods.
“Nigeria at the moment lacks sufficient security personnel to safeguard the existing illegal routes across the borders. These unmanned routes provide avenues for insecurity, proliferation of arms, and dumping of unwholesome goods into the country;
“The porous borders have provided an impetus to the thriving drug and human trafficking routes all over the country.”
Justifying the significance of the motion, the Labour Party chieftain noted that, “Border policing has since shifted from the mundane use of only human beings to the deployment of sophisticated electronic based equipment for potency.
“The deployment of technologies like electronic sensors, video monitors, and night vision scopes to detect illegal entries has proved more effective in western countries than human security.
“Advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, (drones) and dark fighter cameras are available to further enhance border controls,” she added.

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