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‘Terrorists Now Overrun Abuja Under Buhari’s Watch’

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A pressure group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has berated the President MuhammaduBuhari-led administration for its leadership failure in securing lives and property in the country.
The group further stated that it was tragic that the National Assembly was so compromised and pocketed by President MuhammaduBuhari to the extent that the legislature was playing the ostrich whilst the implosion and collapse of Nigeria becomes imminent.
In a statement in Abuja, yesterday, its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, said it was shocking that the speculation that there was a sinister plot to allow Islamists overrun Abuja and declare Nigeria as an Islamic Republic was becoming a reality even when this was assumed to be a road side and beer parlour empty talk.
Onwubiko said terrorist attacks in the country’s seat of power, the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, show that Nigeria’s security architecture has been completely sabotaged.
He further said it was unimaginable that President MuhammaduBuhari has jetted off to Liberian capital to lecture them on security when, infact, the federal capital of the nation he governs was under immense threats by armed terrorists.
HURIWA wondered why the president has gone elsewhere to talk about security when his nation was about to be destroyed by terrorists.
The group said the Buhari government has failed woefully in its cardinal responsibility to protect the people as shown by attacks in the FCT under his watch.
HURIWA, therefore, asked President Muhammadu Buhari to set up a national guard and also give arms and ammunition to a adults without criminal records to defend the nation unless there is truth in the rumour about a deal to hand over Nigeria to Islamists.
“It is shocking and shameful that terrorists have overrun the country’s seat of power whilst Nigeria’s President, a former military major general, watches on,” Onwubiko lamented.
HURIWA said there was no basis for the National Security Adviser that has failed to be kept in office, and also the entire internal security institutions headed by Fulanis have sold out and sabotaged the national security interests of Nigeria.
The group described as disgraceful, the killing of a captain and two soldiers by terrorists on Sunday night in the Bwari area of Abuja.
The captain and the two soldiers were attached to the seven Guards Brigade of the Nigerian Army but were reportedly ambushed after they visited the Nigeria Law School in Bwari following a hint that terrorist had mobilised to attack the school.
The Minister of Education, AdamuAdamu, subsequently ordered the immediate closure of the Federal Government College, Kwali, located at Kwali Area Council of the FCT.
The FCT Administration also ordered the immediate closure of all schools in Abuja by Wednesday.
Tension-torn parents had, last Monday, evacuated their wards from the hostel of FGC Kwali, following the alleged threat by bandits to attack the school.
HURIWA then wondered why the president has not been removed or told to resign.
On July 5, 2022, members of the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) attacked the Kuje prison in Abuja and freed hundreds of inmates, including suspected members of Boko Haram.
Also, terrorists responsible for the March 28 attack on a Kaduna-bound train recently released a video of them whipping their victims and threatening to kidnap the President and Kaduna State Governor, Nasirel-Rufai.
Commenting on the sad development, Onwubiko said, “Nigerians are perturbed that terrorists have cowered security forces and now operate freely unchallenged. This is a gross failure of the regime of President MuhammaduBuhari.
“The show of shame in the name of breaches of security in Abuja by terrorists, their battles Guard Brigades which is the elite military wing of the Armed Forces, and the apprehension that has engulfed schools in the FCT are shocking to many.
“The Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces must wake up. Terrorists are overrunning the seat of power and even establishing cells. The president cannot afford to take an ‘I-don’t-care’ pose.
“The terrorists even threatened to abduct him and are gradually working out their threats by paralysing the security apparatus of the FCT. Buhari must fire all service chiefs, the National Security Adviser, the Defence Minister and other top chiefs under whose watch terrorists have overrun Nigeria like Afghanistan. These persons should be prosecuted for allegedly sabotaging national security.”

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Akeredolu will be remembered for truth, justice – Aiyedatiwa

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Gov. Lucky Aiyedatiwa of Ondo State on Wednesday said the late former Governor of the state, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, would be remembered for his good deeds, especially standing for truth and justice.

Aiyedatiwa stated this during a special court session held in honour of the late former governor at the Ondo State High Court in Akure.

He explained that the former governor used his knowledge, ebullience and capacities to defend the human peaceful existence.

Aiyedatiwa added that the deceased deeds during his life time were greatly impactful.

According to him, the deceased was after justice and rule of law.

Aiyedatiwa said that late Akeredolu was always not pleased when justice was not served.

He described the honour bestowed on the late governor as a well deserved because his life evolved around the legal profession.

“He was an achiever with success stories. He stood firm and was committed to truth and justice,” he said.

Also speaking, the Chief Judge (CJ) of the state, Justice Olusegun Odusola, said that late Akeredolu remained celebrated in death more than being alive considering a reference to his achievements and attainment in life.

Odusola said that the late governor was a courageous fighter, who faced the serious security challenges in the state with ingenious courage that had become a national model.

He stated that it was more-worthy that the late governor did not interfere with judicial activities, even when it did not favour his desires.

According to him, late Akeredolu was a man that lived with his words.

“In my last encounter with him at a time when his health was obviously failing, Arakunrin still reiterated his desire to construct a judiciary complex that will be the envy of other states in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“He also spoke about judges’ welfare and I wondered how a man in such a condition could still love the judiciary so much as to remember the little promises he made,” he said.

The CJ said that late Akeredolu was an outstanding legal icon and a political colossus, a man who was an exemplar of indefatigable courage, principled resistance with honesty and self-respect.

He stated that late Akeredolu would continue to be a good reference point in humanity.

In his remarks, the President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr Yakubu Maikyau, described the late governor as a man with keen passion to help humanity and secure peace.

Maikyau added that the deceased was a person of humility known for truth and justice, and asked the deceased family to take solace in the good deeds of the late governor.

Dignitaries present include Gov. Abdulrasak Abdulrahman of Kwara; Ondo State Deputy Gov, Olayide Adelami; Chief Olusola Oke, SAN; and APC Chairman in Ondo State, Mr Ade Adetimehin.

Others are human rights lawyer, Mr Kayode Ajulo; Ambassador Sola Iji, Speaker Ondo State House of Assembly; and former Inspector of Police, Mr Sunday Ehindero.

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Gunmen Kill Police Inspector In Rivers 

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The Rivers State Police Command said an Inspector was killed by gunmen who ambushed and attacked its men on a stop and search duty at the Eliozu Flyover in Obio/Akpo Local Government Area of the state on Wednesday night.

The spokesperson of the command, Grace Iringe-Koko, disclosed this in a statement issued yesterday.

Iringe-Koko said the gunmen who were spotted in a carton-colored Sienna bus with fully tinted glasses drove in from the Rumuodumaya axis, near Port Harcourt where they launched the offensive which claimed the officer’s life.

She, however, said the team rose to the occasion and returned fire and neutralised one of the miscreants who wore masks, but that other gang members escaped by the whisker.

The statement reads, “We are deeply saddened to announce a heinous incident that occurred on 21st February 2024, involving an attack on policemen attached to Operation Sting of the Rivers State Police Command.

“At approximately 2145hrs, while conducting routine stop-and-search at Eliozu flyover, the officers were ambushed by unidentified hoodlums operating in a carton-colored Sienna bus, with fully tinted glasses.

“The registration number of the vehicle remains unknown at this time.

“The assailants drove in from the Rumuodumaya axis, and opened fire on the police team, resulting in the tragic loss of one Inspector who valiantly gave his life in the line of duty.

“Undeterred, the police team responded with bravery, engaging the attackers and managing to neutralise one of them with a mask on his face, while the others managed to escape, potentially sustaining gunshot wounds.

“The command has launched a thorough investigation into this despicable act and has already identified the group responsible.

“Rest assured, we will relentlessly pursue these criminals and bring them to justice. No amount of intimidation will hinder our officers’ unwavering commitment to safeguarding the lives and property of the citizens.”

While noting that such acts of aggression against security forces detrimentally impact the safety and security of our entire society, she stressed that the command remains resolute in its duty to maintain peace and protect the well-being of the populace.

“The Commissioner of Police, Olatunji Disu, reiterates unequivocally that those who perpetrate violence against policemen or any citizen will face the full weight of the law.

“We urge all law-abiding citizens to continue with their daily activities without panic, as we are determined to uphold our mandate of preserving lives and property in the face of such challenges.

“We extend our deepest condolences to the family and colleagues of the fallen inspector, and we assure them that his sacrifice will not be in vain. Our resolve to serve and protect remains unwavering as we stand together against those who seek to disrupt the peace and harmony of our society”, she said.

Recall that last year, a former Divisional Police Officer of Ahoada Division, Bako Angbashim, was ambushed and killed by a cult gang.

Since the death of the cop, the command has been on his trail, with constant land and air bombardments in the various hideouts of the Iceland cult leader, even as some of his lieutenants were gunned down previously.

However, on Monday, Grace Iringe-Koko,  said intelligence reports revealed that the wanted cult kingpin was killed in a recent joint security raid in the Idu-Ekpeye community, Ahoada East Local Government Area of the State.

 

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Nigeria’s GDP Grew By 3.46% In Q4 2023  -NBS

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Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product grew by 3.46 per cent year-on-year in real terms in the fourth quarter of 2023, the National Bureau of Statistics has disclosed.

In its ‘Nigerian Gross Domestic Product Report (Q4, 2023),’ released yesterday, the NBS said the growth rate is lower than the 3.52 per cent recorded in the fourth quarter of 2022 and higher than the third quarter of 2023 growth of 2.54 per cent

It added that the service industry was responsible for the growth in the quarter.

Both the IMF and World Bank expected Nigeria’s economy to grow by 2.9 per cent in 2023.

The report read, “Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by 3.46 per cent (year-on-year) in real terms in the fourth quarter of 2023.

“This growth rate is lower than the 3.52 per cent recorded in the fourth quarter of 2022 and higher than the third quarter of 2023 growth of 2.54 per cent.

“The performance of the GDP in the fourth quarter of 2023 was driven mainly by the Services sector, which recorded a growth of 3.98 per cent and contributed 56.55 per cent to the aggregate GDP.”

In terms of share of the GDP, industry, and the services sectors contributed more to the aggregate GDP in the fourth quarter of 2023 compared to the fourth quarter of 2022.

“The agriculture sector grew by 2.10 per cent, from the growth of 2.05 per cent recorded in the fourth quarter of 2022. The growth of the industry sector was 3.86 per cent, an improvement from -0.94 per cent recorded in the fourth quarter of 2022. In terms of share of the GDP, industry, and the services sectors contributed more to the aggregate GDP in the fourth quarter of 2023 compared to the fourth quarter of 2022. On an annual basis, GDP grew by 2.74 per cent in 2023 relative to 3.10 per cent in 2022,” the report added.

 

 

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